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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<<

In May 2018 Soroptimists from the South West Pacific Federation gathered in Melbourne for the Conference of Clubs. Members from Clubs throughout the Federation, from Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Singapore, joined to share ideas and to celebrate their achievements since the last Conference two years earlier.

We reviewed our achievements and highlights under the leadership of Theresa Lyford during her term 2016-2017 and importantly welcomed the new Federation President Anusha Santhirasthipam. Anusha announced that she has extended the previous Federation project, Sanctuary: Shelter for Women in Fiji to continue as her biennium project (2018-2020). This acknowledges the foundational work undertaken on this project and allows further development of the initiative in Fiji to be realised. 

The Sustainable Development Goals continue to underpin the work of Soroptimists and inform our objectives:

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

The Soroptimist Federations continue to 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

Finally, Anusha asked members to engage with her biennium theme; Embrace, Create & Prosper. She explained how she hoped that the symbol she has created to reflect this theme would remind members for the “need for inclusiveness, sincerity of friendship and mutual respect. To be open-minded and respectful of each other’s place of origin, nationality, ethnicity, religious choices, gender, economic status and social standing.”

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SIWA President Anne Allen

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