By Peter Tromp
SOROPTIMISTS = [SOROR=SISTER+OPTIMA = BEST FOR/OF] = BEST OF WOMEN FOR WOMEN
The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, California and Soroptimist International was founded in 1948. It has now grown to an international organisation with more than 3,000 clubs in 125 countries and territories, operating in the Americas, Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and the South West Pacific, supporting local, national and international communities through projects and activities based on Awareness, Advocacy and Action. It has about 100.000 members worldwide. They traditionally have many judges in their memberships making them influential in the (family) court systems worldwide and they are accredited at the UN as an NGO making them influential there for instance in relation to UN report Violence Against Women.
The SOROPTIMISTS are a worldwide explicitly gender discriminative male-exclusive women's organisation: - Soroptimist members are picked exclusively from females with influential jobs in society like judges, government officials, mayors etc. (Membership is by invitation only, and each member is chosen to represent her category of work as well as for her individual qualities. Each club has a wide variety of managers and professionals in its membership.)
- Soroptimists work exclusively to improve the conditions for women and girls, men and boys to be excluded. It is set up as a service organisation for women in management and the professions, and its objects are to maintain ethical standards in business, the professions and other aspects of life; to strive for the human rights and the advancement of the status of women; to develop a spirit of friendship and unity among Soroptimists of all countries worldwide; to quicken the spirit of service and understanding, and to contribute to international understanding and universal friendship.
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They might as well be some international conspirational machinery and organisation for women's interests exclusively spreading a male-exclusive female message to the female communities for national implementation. Nobody seems to know, while they work in secrecy. That is why Dutch father Joep Zander is now scrutinising them. Any one with any more concrete information or experiences with the SOTOPTIMISTS on either the national or international level is requested to respond directly to Joep Zander at zander at tomaatnet.nl
| "It is amazing that so little is known about the Soroptimists. They have some (quite a lot, I assume) influence at the UN as an official NGO. Reports from UN organisations are often biased against men (see Warren Farrell's books and the recent report on Domestic Violence). |
They try to profile as a service organisation (for instance, by pushing that image in Wikipedia) and try to look as if they are not an NGO and a women's pressure-group. They are very influential in the courts, are often family court judges and so on.
It might be useful if some other webmasters place links to this page >>> http://papa.nl.nu/sorop1.html "
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