Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimist International of Western Australia is the co-ordinating body for clubs in the Western Australian region. Soroptimist International of Western Australia belongs to the Federation of South West Pacific.
The Word Soroptimist is related to two Latin words, “soror” meaning sister and “optima” meaning best. We say Soroptimists are women at their best helping others to be their best.
Making A Difference To Women & Girls. Soroptimist International is committed to improving the lives of women and girls through:
“Awareness – Advocacy – Action”
Soroptimist International has 90,000 members in over 3,000 clubs in 124 countries and territories.
Soroptimist International is committed to
- Service to local, national and international communities
- Active participation in decision-making at all levels of society
Soroptimist International has Consultative Status at the United Nations, working through Soroptimist UN Representatives.
We aim to be:
A GLOBAL VOICE FOR WOMEN
The Soroptimist emblem symbolises the aims and ideals of Soroptimism.
On a circular disc, the woman appears as a central figure, with the flowing rays of a new day forming an aureole behind her. The figure depicts the spirit of womanhood – vital steadfast and dauntless.
The female figure holds in her upraised arms a plaque bearing the word “Soroptimist”. She upholds it as a gesture of freedom and glory.
From the word “Soroptimist” the leaves and acorns of the mighty oak tree curve downward to the right, epitomising the strength, growth, progress and achievements of the organisation. Curving downward to the left are the leaves of the laurel, renowned from antiquity as the emblem of victory, typifying friendship and success.
Below the female figure, the word, “International” signifies the worldwide nature of Soroptimism.