Soroptimist International Europe

21st Congress Soroptimist International of Europe

14 - 16 juli 2017 Fortezza da Basso,  Florence - Italy

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has granted his patronage to the 21st SIE Congress, ‘Own the future: Education, your passport to a better life’, to be held in Florence, Italy from 14-16 July 2017. His decision is based on the fact that the theme of the Congress to involve girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields is in line with the Council of Europe’s work around gender stereotypes in education.

This means SIE is permitted to show the Council of Europe logo on publicity materials with the headline, ‘Under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland’. It is the first time that SIE has been given this patronage by the Council of Europe. ‘It is a great honour to receive the patronage of the Secretary General in recognition of our efforts to encourage young women to pursue education and careers in STEM,’ says SIE President Elisabetta de Franciscis.


please visite the Congress website and if your a Soroptimist member you can follow registrations with your log in "activities".



We all look forward hearing them as speakers, they will inspire us. Every contribution is of concern to Soroptimists in this Biennium. Interesting speakers, interesting experiences and inspiring encounters.

Book now at special rates and join the Soroptimists of Aalst, Antwerp, Antwerp-Anthos , Beersel, Bruges, Brussels Iris, Bruxelles-Doyen, Bruxelles-Sablon, Eeklo-Meejesland, Hasselt, Knokke, Land van Waas, Kortrijk, Leuven, Marche-en-Famenne, Mons-Borinage, Tournai, Veurne, Visé and Zottegem. Do you want to mis this? Join your club members!


Testimonials from STEM grantees attending the SIE Congress  read more

Soroptimist International Europe (SIE) is one of the biggest of the four Federations that make up Soroptimist International (SI). 

Soroptimist International Europe has its own structure, procedures, strategies and priorities. Together, the major European countries along with the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa, make up Soroptimist International of Europe. 

It currently comprises 24 Soroptimist Unions, 85 individual Clubs and 34 046 members in 61 countries(as per 30.06.2015). When a country has more than 7 clubs and at least 150 members, it forms what is called a Union.

Having been established only relatively recently in the Eastern Bloc countries, there are many individual clubs in that areas. 


To strenghten the friendship between the members, international meetings are being held:


Les Journées d’ Expression Françaises

European Meeting and Friendship Days

Deutschsprachiges Freundschaftstreffen



The logo, in the Art Deco style of 1920, is the symbolic expression of the aims of Soroptimist International.

A young woman raises her arms as a sign of gratitude, she is framed by oak leaves, symbol of power and perseverance, and by bay leaves to symbolize the crowning of her efforts.

The colours golden yellow and blue refer to  the sun and sea of California, the cradle of Soroptimist International.      



Web :