Soroptimist International South West Pacific
A global network of service
Soroptimist International (SI) 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. Soroptimists work at all levels of civil society, local, national and international, and are involved with a wide spectrum of women's concerns.
SI South West Pacific (SISWP) is one of four Soroptimist Federations globally, and currently includes 13 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. These countries are: Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Thailand.
A global network of friendship
Soroptimists work together in a spirit of friendship and fun to make the world a better place for all. Members are encouraged to be aware of and involved in local and global issues. A Friendship Link system encourages joint projects between clubs in developing countries by clubs in developed countries. Soroptimist membership opens the doors to opportunities for international experiences and friendships.
Working in partnership with others
SI works closely with other Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and authorities for positive social and economic changes that improve the lives of women, children and families. The organisation has General Consultative Status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and has representatives at many meetings of its agencies and organisations in UN Centres throughout the world.
The other Soroptimist Federations are: SI Americas, SI Europe and SI Great Britain & Ireland.
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.
Support the community at local and global levels through service projects
Advocate to influence legislation and policies at all levels of society
Access UN agencies via Soroptimist UN representatives
Develop leadership skills
Network with women from different professional and business backgrounds
Participate in conferences and meetings across the world
Attend meetings of any club in the world
Enjoy social activities and establish lasting friendships with women at home and overseas
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Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
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Because they want to make a difference in today’s world.
Soroptimists speak up for women of all nations through AWARENESS, ADVOCACY AND ACTION.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to:
-Raise the status of women
-Advance human rights for all
-Promote equality, development and peace
We are always welcoming new members! If you are interested in some more information then please contact us!
Sanctuary Shelter for Women
SISWP Federation Project
Fiji 2016 – 2018
Building of Women’s Shelters to provide:
Temporary accommodation and safety for women and children who are victims of violence, natural disasters or family death.
Counselling and medical assistance where needed.
Literacy and skills training to empower women with the ability to contribute economically to their families and communities.
Advocacy against family violence.
WHY THIS PROJECT?
This project reflects the voice of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific and its goals and objectives
Fiji is the 4th in the world in terms of violence.
It is very prone to natural disasters; cyclones in particular
There is a severe lack of shelters in Fiji and victims are often brought back to their homes where the offender can easily have access and re-offend.
These emergency shelters will be available to the victims until it is safe for them to seek another place to stay or go back home
Other Club Projects
International Day of Peace – book donation to Oncology Ward at our local Hospital
Water Aid (recycling mobile phones & accessories)
Warrawee Women's Shelter Children’s packs
Cushions & carry bags for breast cancer patients
Destiny Rescue – rescuing girls from prostitution – sponsorship of girl
Goods for Girls – provide a box with sanitary products for emergencies to several schools.
TasTAFE scholarships for women returning to study.
Volunteer reading assistance in primary schools.
“Bright Eyes Scholarship” for primary school girl – encouragement and development of leadership potential.
Deliver Meals on Wheels, Devonport
Carols by Candlelight, Devonport
Taste the Harvest, Summer Style Devonport,
If you have any questions about membership or the projects we are involved in, please email us at
or simply use the contact form below.
PO Box 179
DEVONPORT TAS 7310
"Walk the Talk"
This is a programme of the South West Pacific Federation designed to raise awareness of, and advocate against all forms of violence against women and children.
We observe “16 Days of Activism” between November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day). During this time clubs conduct events and hold displays in their local communities to raise awareness.
The Devonport club combines with other women’s service clubs to stage a WTT event, inviting the public to join us. We meet at Roundhouse Park and walk to the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. Leading up to White Ribbon Day, displays are set up at various venues in the city to raise awareness and advertise the event.