Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
This section is: Our Work




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Soroptimist International is a volunteer organisation for women who, through a global network of members and international partnerships, work at local, national and international levels to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

We are the largest women's service organisation and through our Consultative Status at the United Nations, we strive for equality, peace and international understanding. We have clubs from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

Whilst there is a lot for everyone to see on this website, there is more that is only available to Soroptimists once they have signed in with the UKPAC password. If you are a Soroptimist but not aware of the password, your club's or Region's Programme Action Officer will be able to help you, or contact us with your membership number and we'll send you the password.

We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.

Soroptimists are women who work  to advance the status of women and to try to make the world a better place. Membership offers the opportunity to work with like-minded women throughout the world for human rights for all, equality, development and peace.



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This site covers the work done by UK clubs and Regions and is designed to be a 'one-stop shop' with links to a variety of other Soroptimist webites and those of our partner organisations. For example, the latest issue of the SIGBI Federation's magazine, Soroptimist News, is available under those respective headings on the left hand menu. We update every few days and every month our chairman, Jan Hemlin, writes a message, drawing attention to the latest news and updates. This is also produced in a newsletter format and distributed to every Soroptimist in the UK.



The United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC) provides help and guidance to Soroptimist clubs in the UK in devising, planning and carrying out their project work (known as Programme Action). Representatives from all 17 Regions, as far apart as Scotland North Region and South West and Channel Islands Region, serve on the Committee.

British Isles

Although called the UKPAC, in addition to working with clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we also work with clubs in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. And since its inception in 1993 the Committee has established a reputation for taking action on a broad range of topics and successfully lobbying the British government (we have four dedicated Lobbyists to cover the country) in the pursuit of those objectives.

Speedy and efficient communications are crucial to the furtherance of successful Programme Action work. It is always a two-way process and the UKPAC forms an important link between Soroptimist International, the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland and the membership of the British Isles.


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The UKPAC is a committee of the Federation - Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Limited - and forms part of the Federation's Programme Team, dealing specifically with UK clubs, their Programme work and UK issues.



Not a Soroptimist member?

Why not join us as we work together to improve the lives and status of women and girls around the world. Be a global voice for women! If you would like more information on becoming a member please go to this link.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.