About Us

Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best

Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo first chartered in February 2019. We are a proud member of the Soroptimist Eastern Canada Region under the Soroptimist International family, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.

Soroptimist, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. We believe that by empowering women and girls, we can lift up the world.

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Want to Make a Difference? Join Us.

Our club meets on the last Monday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at BlackBerry A (2300 University Ave E in Waterloo near the Northfield and University Ave intersection). You are welcomed to attend our meetings to see what the club is about and meet the dedicated women of Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo.

You can also contact us for more information or to become a member at rksoroptimist@gmail.com or soroptimistkw@gmail.com.

Our 2020 Goals

Live Your Dream (LYD)

  • 2 awards at minimum $1000
  • Increase # of applicants to 15


Dream It Be It (DIBI)

  • Launch first cohort of 30 girls in fall 2020


Fundraising

  • Trivia Night 2.0
  • Virtual CIGI event

Membership

  • Increase membership by 5 new members
  • Add more social time to our meetings
  • Volunteer in community events


Recognition

  • Increase social media presence
  • Increase awareness of LYD and DIBI

Signature Event

Deepfakes and Digital Harms: Emerging Technologies and Gender-Based Violence

Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo is proud to partner with Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and BlackBerry Limited to present this virtual event on Deepfakes and Digital Harms: Emerging Technologies and Gender-Based Violence.

There is growing concern among anti-violence advocates about how to deal with these new types of technology-facilitated harms. In many cases, it requires a new technological skill set to assess the risk of the situation. Many people don't even know what stalkerware, sextortion, or deepfakes are, let alone how to support a person who has been impacted by them. While legal responses have been slow to catch up with the fast pace of technology, there are a variety of resources, laws, and supports that can help women who have been targeted by this abuse. To learn more, register for this free event here.