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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 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 and Ellenbrook.  >>Click here for more details<<

At the end of April some 300 Soroptimists from the South West Pacific Region gathered in Sydney for the 20th Conference of Clubs. Members from Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, China (via our online membership), Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore joined to share ideas and to hear speakers addressing the theme of the weekend: Challenge the Future.

An important outcome of the Conference was the announcement of the 2016-2018 biennium Goals and Objectives. These will inform the work that Soroptimist Clubs undertake on a daily basis in the work they undertake.

Goal 1: Soroptimist International will be a global voice for women and girls.

Objectives

  1. Increase Soroptimist advocacy at the global level
  2. Increase the international profile of Soroptimist International
  3. Increase the federation’s contribution to global advocacy to promote and maintain our ECOSOC status

Goal 2: The Soroptimist federations will be linked through their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.

Objectives

  1. Education
  2. Elimination of violence
  3. Economic empowerment
  4. Food security
  5. Healthcare
  6. Environmental sustainability/water and sanitation
  7. Conflict resolution/peace promotion
  8. Disaster relief, mitigation and resilience

These goals and objectives are closely linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and a good explanation of them can be found at http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sdgoverview/post-2015-development-agenda.html

The culmination of the conference was the handover to the new President of the Federation, Theresa Lyford. Theresa will hold office for two years and announced at the Conference that the theme for her biennium is Innovate, Inform, Inspire – Shaping our Future.

To represent her theme, Theresa worked with a young designer, Bree Cleal, to develop an image to use during the biennium.

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Theresa has explained the image as a group of women standing together to “represent a community presence – Soroptimist International – inspiring action and creating opportunities for women globally, together as a group”.

As an initiative to encourage Soroptimists to reach across our community and to work together, Theresa is encouraging clubs across the Federation to pair up with a partner club from outside of their Region on a joint project. Clubs will be encouraged to find suitable projects and partners that will reflect the theme of the biennium. This project is known as Soroptimists: Be the Changemakers and more information will be made available on the progress of this during the year.

SIWA President Anne Allen

 

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