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Perth Metro Area
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Why do 80,000 women in 3,000 clubs from 130 countries belong to Soroptimist International? Because they want to make a difference in today’s world.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls.Our network of around 80,000 club members in 130 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.
Each Soroptimist club belongs to one of the four SI Federations:
- Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)
- Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)
- Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)
- Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI).
Soroptimist International of Perth was the first club established in Western Australia in 1949 and has clubrooms in West Perth. With the formation of a club in Fremantle in 1953 the Region of Western Australia was established. Over the years new clubs have continued to be formed, or expanded, throughout the State with the latest being Bunbury in 2015.
We are currently looking to start new clubs in Busselton, Broome and Ellenbrook. >>Click here for more details<<
Western Australia is one of 21 Regions in the Federation of South West Pacific, and we currently have 17 clubs, having just welcomed SI Bunbury earlier this year. This is the largest number of clubs in any Region with, at present, the largest number of members, spread over the largest area of any Region.
Our members across Western Australia may vary in age, background and experience, but we all have a common goal, to improve the lives of women and girls throughout our local area, our country and internationally. We strive to achieve our goal through Awareness, Advocacy and Action, and we also aim to have fun while we are doing it.
With the theme of ‘Soroptimists Educate to Lead‘, our arena for Action is usually our local area, working through hands-on projects such as providing assistance at schools, aged care facilities, environment clean-ups, and assisting at events such as the Bike Hike, Trek the Trail, and Australia Day, to name but a few. Many clubs provide scholarships for sports, education, and adventure such as the Leeuwin Training Ship. Most clubs will have some fundraising activities, from which all monies received go directly to the beneficiaries. The projects are as many as they are varied, and each club decides their own program for the year. Some will support local projects and some clubs have overseas project.
Some of the major events are:
SI Fremantle – Art Auction for the homeless
SI Maylands Peninsula – Opera In The Ballroom
In 2014 our clubs donated a total of about $400,000, helping in excess of 700 women and 4000 girls locally, nationally and globally.
Nationally and locally, our Advocacy promotes issues of concern to women, such as 16 Days of Activism to promote awareness of and eliminate domestic violence against women and many clubs participate in the Silent March.
Our Region project supports women to access a Certificate 1 course at Challenger TAFE which prepares them for further education, preparing them for re-entry to the workplace. This successful project has grown to support women to further their education.
Internationally we work with other Non-Government Organisations, assisting women and girls through health programs, education and skills training, and micro-credit. A number of WA clubs are individually involved in projects in Timor L’este, Bali, Thailand and Cambodia, plus we all contribute to our Federation Project, Birthing in The Pacific based in Papua New Guinea.
We work continually to raise Awareness of the issues affecting women and girls, locally, nationally and internationally, often holding events with speakers, to which the public are invited.
We are looking for like-minded women who want to make a difference to women and girls around the world. If you are interested in what we do, I hope you will consider subscribing to our e-newsletter, or better still, contacting a club and finding out what they do in the community.
I look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to our organisation.