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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. 

 

Other Federations

The other Soroptimist Federations are: SI Americas, SI Europe and SI Great Britain & Ireland.

Our Vision

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.

Members can:

  • 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

90,000 Women globally, working together to make a difference in today's world!

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Our Values

Human rights for all

Global peace and international goodwill

Advancing women’s potential

Integrity and democratic decision making

Volunteering, diversity and friendship

Our Objectives

Equity and equality

Live in safe healthy environments

Have access to education

Have leadership and practical skills

Our Mission

Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships. 

 
 

Membership

WHY DO...

 

Over 90,000 women worldwide belong to

Soroptimist International?

 

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:

  1. Temporary accommodation and safety for women and children who are victims of violence, natural disasters or family death.

  2. Counselling and medical assistance where needed.

  3. Literacy and skills training to empower women with the ability to contribute economically to their families and communities.

  4. 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 sidevonport@siswp.org.au 

or simply use the contact form below.

PO Box 179
DEVONPORT TAS 7310

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"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.

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  1. 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.

SISWP International Conference

4-6th May. 2018

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AGM & Dinner Meeting

2Ist February. 2018

Election of Officers followed by Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 5th March, 2018

Soroptimists  Celebrating Women”

A social evening to learn more of the joys of being a Soroptimist.

Guest Speaker:  Robyn Glen

Robyn is a Soroptimist member who will share her life experiences and adventures during the evening.

All welcome to come along and share a glass of wine and finger food.  $5 per person.

 

Please RSVP to Lyn on 0439963836 by 2nd March.

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Saturday, 12th May 2018

Coles Devonport from 9:30AM

Please support our Fundraising.

Thank you Dannebrogs' Restaurant, supplier of our gourmet sausages

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Saturday, 7th July 2018

Coles SupermarketDevonportFrom 9.30am till sold out

Supporting local and international communities

Thank you Dannebrogs' Restaurant supplier of our gourmet sausages

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Saturday, 15th September 2018

Coles Supermarket

Devonport

From 9.30am till sold out.

Thank you to Dannebrogs' Restuarant supplier of our gourmet sausages

International Day of the Girl Child

11th November

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Saturday 25th November

 Start of “16 Days of Activism” until December 10

Walk the Talk

25th November, 2018

In conjunction with White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day

25th November, 2018

STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

IT’S NOT OK

We are meeting at Roundhouse Park and walking along to the Vietnam Veterans area.  People will be encouraged to sign white ribbons. 

International Human Rights Day

10th December

Carols By Candlelight

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Location: Roundhouse ParkVictoria Pde

(Entrance opposite Fire Station)Devonport

Entry by gold coin donation

Complimentary Carol Sheets

Glow candles for sale

Sausage Sizzle

8th December, 2018

At Coles Supermarket

Devonport

From 9.30am till sold out.

Thank you to Dannebrogs' Restaurant supplier of our gourmet sausages

Breakfast in the Park

TBA

Taste the Harvest - Summer Style - January, 2019

TBA

Taste the Harvest – Summer Style -January 2019 is 20th anniversary

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Meeting: First Wednesday of Each Month.

6:00PM for 6:30PM start.

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