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Soroptimist International of South Kolkata (SISK) was chartered on 21st September 2006 under the Federation of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) by the then President, Ann Dawson. Soroptimist International of South Kolkata operates under the Indian National Association of Soroptimist International.
Dr. Laxmi Parsuram the dynamic founder-member of the Club was in the forefront holding meetings with Clubs in U.K. to interest them about the newly birthed club, preceding the charter of the new Kolkata club, SISK. The first President of the Club was Dr. Bijli Mallik, an eminent educationist and Director of Institute of Psychological and Educational Research (IPER). IPER’s premises at P-39/1 Anwar Shah Road, South Kolkata, was the nest that the fledgling club has used since that time, not only for holding all its meetings but for various activities like skill training, garage sales, etc.
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 has 4 Federations under it:
- Soroptimist International of the Americas
- Soroptimist International of Europe
- Soroptimist International of South West Pacific
- Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland
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.
The Objects of the Company are to promote either directly or by the encouragement and support of others including Clubs:
(a) the advancement of education;
(b) the advancement of health and saving lives;
(c) the relief and/or prevention of poverty;
(d) the advancement of good citizenship and community development;
(e) the advancement of human rights throughout the world by all or any of the following means:
- relieving need among victims of human rights abuse;
- research into human rights redress, eg modern day slavery;
- educating the public about human rights abuse, raising awareness of human rights issues and promoting support for human rights;
(f) the advancement of equality and diversity.