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Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Why do 90,000 women in 3,000 clubs from 123 countries belong to Soroptimist International? Because they want to make a difference in today’s world.
Soroptimist International is a world wide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.
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 Mandurah in 2012.
We are currently looking to start new clubs in Busselton and Margaret River. >>Click here for more details<<
Western Australia is one of 21 Regions in the Federation of South West Pacific, and we currently have 18 clubs. 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 Ronald McDonald House, schools, and many 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 programme for the year.
For many years the Region hosted an annual Gala Evening in support of the Asthma Foundation of WA and we will be looking at developing a new Region Project in the near future, which will involve all clubs.
Nationally and locally, our Advocacy promotes issues of concern to women, such as our recent Bone Density Scan Petition, to request the Federal Government to reduce the age of eligibility for Medicare rebate from the current age of 70.
Internationally we work with other Non-Government Organizations, assisting women and girls through health programmes, 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, currently 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.
If you are interested in what we do, I hope you will consider joining our e-Newsletter list, or better still, visiting a club and finding out what they are doing. You can be sure of a warm welcome.