If you are committed to gender equality, 2024 presents a unique opportunity to make a difference.

Be informed: To push equality between women and men, you need to mobilise and participate, which means exercising your right to vote.


We don’t want women’s rights to be put aside, do we?


By voting, you have the opportunity to influence decisions on issues directly impacting your life, such as gender equality, democracy, inclusion, justice, healthcare, education, and the environment. You can voice your concerns, priorities, and aspirations in the political process.


Why do women abstain more?


Obstacles or concerns often discourage some women from voting. That’s why we’re here to address them.


When juggling family and work responsibilities, voting might not be a top priority compared to other obligations.


Some women might feel unsure about voting because they haven’t been encouraged to get involved. They might feel that politics are “men’s concerns” and may not see enough women involved. This is a result of the patriarchal roles that have wrongly shaped our societies.



Soroptimists have a powerful voice advocating to encourage women to vote and to ensure that nothing stands in the way of their participation election day. Here’s how we can help:


  • Accessibility – Advocate for measures such as flexible voting hours, mail-in ballots, and accessible polling locations. If transportation, family/childcare/pet is a concern, reach out to your local authorities or community organisations.


  • Education and Awareness – Provide information and resources to help navigate the voting process, understand the candidates and issues, and make informed decisions.


  • Inspire – Seeing women in positions of political leadership may inspire other women to engage in the political process and see themselves as agents of change.


Your vote is your power, so use it for change!


Rita Nogueira Ramos,

SIE Vice President (Advocacy)