Soroptimist International Union of Norway

The Norwegian Soroptimist Union was founded in 1939 and is a part of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization for women with nearly 72 000 members in 121 countries worldwide. The name "soroptimist" was coined by combining the latin words soror ("sister") and optima ("best"), and can be taken to mean "best for women". Soroptimists educate, empower and enable women and girls to improve their lives. Our five areas of focus are education, sustainability, health and food security, violence against women, and women's empowerment. 

Soroptimist International has special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations.

Read more about soroptimists and our work in this brochure from Soroptimist International of Europe. You can also find information at their website or at For more about the Norwegian Union we recommend this publication, made to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2014. 

Looking for a club within the Norwegian Union? Follow this link and you will find all our clubs with their websites and e-mail addresses. 

Contact information for the Norwegian Union Board:

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Grethe Mary Sørensen is president of the Norwegian Soroptimist Union 2021-2023.