MEDIA RELEASE

8 March 2017

Soroptimists taking action for gender inclusive world

Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP) Federation President Theresa Lyford has marked International Women’s Day (IWD) urging members and the public to make gender equality a reality.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s IWD theme #BeBoldForChange calls on individuals and organisations to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist International South West Pacific has clubs in 13 countries: Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Samoa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

“The work by SISWP members in the form of projects, joint initiatives, advocacy, raising awareness that is done in the 132 countries around the world is phenomenal and for those women and girls who have benefitted from what is achieved they have certainly been able to make a change to their lives, by being empowered, educated and informed,” she said.

“The work of Soroptimists is proof that we can all be leaders within our own spheres of influence by taking action. Through purposeful collaboration we can help women advance.

“As Soroptimists on this International Women’s Day, we recommit to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and men’s contributions equally and advocate for the creation of inclusive cultures.”

To learn more about Soroptimist International South West Pacific go to: www.siswp.org