OUR STORY

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 80,000 Members in 124 countries.

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 6000 Members in 270 Clubs in 18 countries in Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.  SIGBI now has charitable status in the UK.

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.

Members join clubs and work together to ‘Inspire Action and Transform Lives’ of women and girls worldwide.  Clubs are able to set up their own service or lobbying projects and to support local, national or international issues.

This shop ultimately supports SIGBI, the charity, to ensure that project work can continue.

To find out more please go to www.sigbi.org ……..and by the way our clubs are actively recruiting so if you feel like joining a group of like-minded women please get in touch!