SOROPTIMIST Seeking ‘the best for women’       

Educating women and girls to become leaders, empowering them to achieve their fullest potential, enabling them to use their skills to secure a better life for themselves and their communities – this and more is what defines Soroptimist International (SI) and its some 90,000 members around the world.



Founded in Oakland, California in 1921, this service organisation of women in business and professions now boasts more than 3,000 clubs in 125 countries and territories.


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The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister and optima meaning best. Over the years and on all five continents, Soroptimists have been striving to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.

French plastic surgeon Dr Suzanne Noël founded the first SI club in Europe in Paris in 1924.


 Our club (Vallauris-Sophia Antipolis-Mougins) counts 12 members of 5 different nationalities : British, French, Italian, Argentinian, Chinese...

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Helping to transform lives

Also in partnership with other organisations, Soroptimists implement projects at local, national and international levels to educate, empower and enable women and girls to realise their potential in leading and decision-making. These efforts can range from providing basic skills and creating a better understanding of water and food security to funding vocational training or offering microcredits to secure a livelihood. SIE scholarships help women attain higher qualification and allocations from the Action Fund support humanitarian projects and promote educational programmes for women. Disaster Recovery grants offer long-term relief to women and children in extreme need after catastrophes.