think globally v3Soroptimists seek not only to help the victims of social inequalities and human rights abuses but also to address the social, environmental and economic factors that are root causes. They research, discuss and have carefully considered positions on major issues of global concern. Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific has special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESCOC)  has recognised status as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with a broad range of expertise and a comprehensive agenda. This allows our collective efforts and opinions to be shared with a wider community and makes us an effective global voice for women.

Awareness Advocacy Action

Soroptimist members are encouraged to raise their own and others' Awareness of issues of global concern affecting women and girls. Soroptimist Advocate for policy commitments and social changes that will improve the status of women and promote sustainable communities.

Soroptimist Programme Action aims to ensure that women and girls will:

  • enjoy equity and equality
  • live in safe and healthy environments
  • have access to education
  • have leadership and practical skills

NGOs like Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and are effective advocates for the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They continue to play an important role in holding international and national leaders accountable for the commitments they made in the Platform for Action.

Soroptimist Position on Global Issues

Soroptimist International has developed a series of position statements on issues of global concern. These have been developed with broad consultation of the membership and represent the collective opinion of the membership on issues of major importance. Full copies of these statements are published in a document titled "Where We Stand". Copies of this can be downloaded from Soroptimist International Where We Stand

In developing position statements, Soroptimist International often supports the principles outlined in such international treaties and conventions as:

  • The Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs);
  • The Platform for Action for Women;
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, including the Optional Protocol;
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • The Convention of the Rights of the Child;
  • Agenda 21

Soroptimists are encouraged to become aware of the content of such documents and advocate for implementation of policies and legislation which support the principles contained in these documents.


Educate, Empower, Enable

Through Project work, Soroptimists work at their local and national level on projects which meet the 8 objectives of Education, Elimination of violence, Economic empowerment, Food security, Healthcare, Environmental sustainability/water and sanitation, Conflict resolution/peace promotion, Disaster relief, mitigation and resilience, the work achieved through these projects provides opportunities to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls to plan for their future, allows for their economic growth and opens doors to their dreams. 

Every day women and girls in the South West Pacific are being Educated, Enabled and Empowed by projects instigated by women just like yourself, who call themselves Soroptimists.  These women from 13 Countries located in the South West Pacific work on projects focused on education, empowerment,
and the creation of enabling opportunities to improve the lives and status of women and girls.


In 2015 members of Soroptimist International South West Pacific have spent over $929,000 on over 500 projects which have directly benefited 22,000 women and girls.

This action demonstrates the "Think Globally, Act Locally", does make a DIFFERENCE to the lives of women and girls 

 

Soroptimist International clubs throughout the South West Pacific focus on projects which will improve the lives of women and girls in their communities, these are local projects which have a global impact.

World Health Day 7 April - focus for 2017 is "Depression - Lets Talk"

SDG  3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SI Lautoka (Fiji)

Suicide Prevention - Connect, Communicate, Care

lautokaHF1Suicide is a worrying trend in Fiji. Suicide has jumped up to the third leading cause of death among youth (under 16) and those aged between 17 and 25 years. The National Suicide Prevention Day 2016 was on 10 September and most schools around the country had special programs to raise awareness on this issue.

Gurukul Primary school invited SI Lautoka to be a part of the program. Members marched with the students to open the program, as a guest speaker SI Lautoka advocated on suicide prevention initiatives to the whole school. Students were advised on the importance of the 2016 theme - 'Connect, Communicate and Care'. They were advised to be; sensitive to their friends, help their friends if they have difficulties, share their problems with their teachers and parents. Students and teachers were informed of the free child helpline which has been set up by the Government to assist all children and young people who are in need of advice, support, care and protection. Sautoka wanted the information to reach the students so that they are aware of whom to turn to in time of need. SI Lautoka called on the teachers to be more vigilant and pay more attention to their students so they can sense if students require any help.

SI Labasa (Fiji)

Pinktober Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancer Awarness Workshop

Labasa 1

A visit to Korokadi Bua highlighted to members of SI Labasa that women in this remote area were not aware of cancer awarness nor pinktober. Planning with the principal of the Korokadi Primary School Mr Sanjay Kumar, who agreed that we could use his school premises for the venue and he also agreed to send out written invitations to the parents of the students of his school requesting them to attend this much needed workshop. Planning then started with the Ministry of Health to provide support in making the workshop a success.The doctors and support staff of the Ministry came all the way from Nabouwalu Hospital to conduct this workshop at Korokadi Primary School. The Health staff did basic medical screening (i.e. checked for blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index-BMI) for all the participants, club members and school staff. Dr Ms Vika Vuniwa explained to everyone why this screening is necessary and she briefly touched on NCDs. She then gave a very detailed talk on all about breast, cervical and prostate cancer.  A very constructive interaction session also took place between the doctor and the participants. Flyers were distributed to the participants on breast, cervical and prostate cancer. Doctor Vika insisted upon all men present be checked for prostate cancer and the women to get their papsmere testing done if they have not had this done for the last three years. There were five people detected during screening who had high sugar level and they have been advised by the doctors to go to the Nabouwalu Hospital for further tests. We are proud of the fact that through this workshop we may be able to save these five people (3 of whom were women) from diabetes effects in future.

 

SI Townsville Breakwater (Australia)

Mother and Baby Care Packs

The goal was to provide baby care items for birthing mothers in rural Papua New Guinea, mothers and teenage girls go to rural health centres to give birth, they don't have baby care items with them to care for their new born babies.   Baby care packs consisting of cotton nappies, baby blankets, baby towels, baby soap, safety pins, baby clothing (singlet, plastic pants, all in one suits), shampoo & baby creams were assembled.  SI Townsville Breakwater organised a container to ship the goods to Papua New Guinea.  A SI Townsville Breakwater member travelled to PNG to oversee the distribution of the packs. These items enable the women to properly care for their newborn babies and in so doing we alleviate incidents of child mortality. Assists disadvantaged women and teenage girls to properly care for their children at the initial stage of their life

SI Brisbane (Australia)

139 Maternity Project

IMG 0085 1The Chief Executive Officer of 139 Club (Respite for Homelessness) approached SI Brisbane about a family of two Indigenous clients and their two teenagers who had recently been rehoused after a lengthy time of homelessness. The mother was pregnant and baby was due in November 2016. The request was to supply a given list of requirements for the newborn baby. List of goods requested were numerous includig: baby bottles and teats (the plan is to breastfeed but express at times), bottle steriliser, bottle warmer, breast pump, newborn nappies, nappy wipes, breast pads, maternity pads, wash cloths, baby wraps – muslin as will be born in warmer months, Sorborlene cream, Bepanthem or sudocreme, cotton wool, baby bath, baby shampoo, nail clippers, Thermometer, bibs, burping cloths, baby monitor, high chair, baby bath, baby ramp for bath (mum has trouble bending under weight). Club members were able to source all the requested goods, and present them to the family in person. Positive feedback was received, and the club members had knowledge in knowing that the mother was able to bring the baby home and concentrate on its welfare, and not on financial burden.

 

SI Geelong (Australia)

Bedding and Toiletry Kit

This is a joint project working with Andrew Edgar, the coordinator of the Barwon Housing and Homelessness Support Service. After hearing Andrew talk about the needs of homeless women and children in the Geelong area, often as a result of domestic violence SI Geenlong was keen to give some practical assistance.  SI Geenlong devised a “Bedding and Toiletry Kit” for women and children who are forced to leave their homes with very little and are being accommodated in emergency housing for various degrees of time.

The initial project resulted in 5 adult packages and 10 children’s package, which will include a doona, sheet sets, pillows, towels, and toiletries, all parcelled to-gether in a colourful bag. The recipients of these packages will be able to keep the goods when they leave their accommodation.
A number of our members have already donated sheet sets, towels and pillows and we are holding a number of functions to fund the purchasing of the re-mainder of the contents. 

SI Edernet (Mongolia)

Improving Dental Hygiene

Disabled children did not receive any dental check ups or education about the prevention of cavities and this could have a detrimental effect on their well being. A three pronged approach was devised for this project.

1 Children were given dental checks and extractions or fillings were done by dentists within our membership Children had fluoride gels on their teeth for remineralisation of enamel.

2.  Eight books about dental health were printed and given to guardians and local health practitioners and teachers.

3.  Video schooling on correct hygiene methods and the need for regular check ups was undertaken for teachers and guardians.

This project will see improved dental hygiene and health and fewer cavities as children were given a toothbrush each as well as gel. We wish to see more children having dental health and learning to help care for their own teeth or their carers using correct techniques when assisting them.

Soroptimists Educate, Enable and Empower women by providing the opportunities for women and girls to fulfil their dreams.

Education prepares women and girls to plan for their future, and allows for their economic growth and opens doors to their dreams. Educate a women and you educate a whole family.

In 2016 Soroptimists from the Federation of the South West Pacific, spent $275,225 on "Educate to Lead" projects, to assist women and girls. 

Every year Soroptimists from the South West Pacific provide bursaries and scholarships for women to continue their education. Below you will find links to the many scholarships provided each year, click on the link for further information for each of the scholarships.

 

See list of scholarships available 

Australia

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

New South Wales
   
Sydney, NSW Rural Midwife Scholarship

Scholarship to assist rural midwifes to upgrade knowledge and skills

For futher information and criteria details, contact SI Randwick

Central Coast, NSW

Scholarship for mature aged female students attending TAFE

Students must be attending a TAFE college i situated on the Central Coast

For futher information and criteria details, contact SI Brisbane Waters

Griffith, NSW Tertiary Scholarship

Scholarship to provide startup costs to a girl commencing TAFE or university

For further information and criteria details contact SI Griffith for details

Randwick, NSW  Rural midwife scholarship  Scholarship will provide attendance at the NSW Midwives Conference
For further details contact , Si Randwick closing date for applications is 15 July each year.
Queensland
   
Redlands, Qld  

Provide a scholarship to girls or mature aged women attending university

For futher details, criteria and applicatgion form conact SI Bayside

Toowoomba, Qld  Jean Bryant memorial Bursary

Presented to a year 12 female student how has attended a Toowoomba high school and will be undertaking tertiary education.

For futher details, criteria and application form contact SI Toowoomba

South Australia
   
Adelaide, SA Gender Studies Award

Scholarship available to female students attending University of Adelaide.

For futher information and criteria details, contact SI Eastern District

Adelaide, SA  Community Service Youth Award  Student scholarship presented by
SI Eastern Districts of Adelaide
Presented in January of the current year
Contact SI Eastern District

Adelaide, SA

 SI Adelaide Esther Bright Travel Award

Applications for the 2017 award are now open 

An annual award to enable a female tertiary student to travel to a conference or seminar or symposium, either in Australia or overseas. The travel must be to further her studies and/or research

For futher details, criteria and application form contact SI Adelaide

Adelaide, SA  Women who make a difference

SI Eastern Districts of Adelaide members recogonise that women doing voluntary work sometimes go unnoticed and members nominate women who make a difference to their community. These women are recogonised with a certificate at a award ceremony. 

For further details, please contact SI Eastern District

Barossa Valley, SA Scholarship for year 12 students attending schools in the Barossa and Light districts.

$2000.00 scholarship (divided between 4 schools) Provide assistance to students undertaking Tertiary studies.
Contact Si Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley, SA  Nuriootpa High Dux of the Year  Scholarship provided to the Dux of the Year
Contact Si Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley, SA The Good Sheppard Primary School Award  Scholarship to a student attending The Good Sheppard Primary School in Angaston
Contact Si Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley, SA Operation Flinders - camp sponsorship

Sponsorship of a child to the value of $1500.00 to attend a camp run by Operation Flinders.

Naracoorte, SA Dorothy Sachs Award

 $100.00 presented to a female student to assist with a Business Studies degree - Presented at the Naracoorte High School Presentation Night

For further information, contact SI Naracoorte

Naracoorte, SA Denise Grieve Soroptimist Scholarship

 $1000.00 awarded to a year 12 female student  attending University, the student must attend Naracoorte High School

For further information, contact SI Naracoorte

Tasmania
   
     
Victoria
   
Cobram, Vic Scholarship for secondary students For further information contact si Cobram-Barooga.
Melbourne, Vic Indigenous Australian Women's Scholarship

Scholarship to asisst Indigenous women attending university, this is a 2 year scholarship

For futher information and criteria details, contact SI Business On Collins

Dromana  Scholarship for secondary students

 Scholarship of $500.00 awarded to a year 11 girls entering year 12 to study English / Arts design

For further information and criteria details, contact SI Mornington Peninsula

Western Port  Scholarship for secondary students

 Scholarship of $500.00 awarded to a year 11 girls entering year 12 to study Art

For further information and criteria details, contact SI Mornington Peninsula

Osborne Osborne Primary School Margo Tart Scholarship

 Two scholarships of $100 each to a year 5 girl and year 6 girl to assist the students with the transition to secondary school.

For further information and criteria details, contact SI Mornington Peninsula

Western Australia
   
Albany, WA  Female student of the Year - Great Southern Institute of Technology

Recognition of an outstanding female student who has demonstrated herself to be a true all-rounder showing leadership in her community and outstanding results in her field of endeavour.
For further details contact SI Albany

Perth, WA

Scholarships to high school studens, and university students.

Scholarships are awarded to students for their dedication to their studies, shown through sustained effort, attitude or motivation

For further details and criteria, contact SI Fremantle

Perth, WA Scholarship for Girl Guides

Scholarships will assist Girl Guides to pay guide fees, uniform and camp costs.

For further details and criteria, contact SI Fremantle

Perth, WA Primary school transition scholarship

Scholarship to assist with the cost of students moving from primary school to secondary education

For further details and criteria, contact SI Riverside

Perth, WA Sports Scholarship

Scholarships to assist school aged children to attending sporting clubs, camps etc

For futher information and criteria details, contact SI South Perth

East Timor

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

East Timor

Soroptimist International Joondalup Educational Scholarships East Timor

The scholarships include a living allowance, transport, and books to assist students located in East Timor to continue their education.

For further details and criteria contact SI Joondalup

Fiji

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

Lautoka

 

Scholarship to assist women with the completion of tertiary education

For further details and criteria contact SI Lautoka

Lautoka Arya Samaj Primary School Scholarship

Annual Prize giving scholarship

For further details and criteria contac SI Lautoka

BA Text Book Scholarship

Scholarship to assist with the purchase of text books fees

For further details and criteria contact SI Ba

Indonesia

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

Jakata

Goodwill Leadership Scholarship Program

Scholarship will provide for under privileged women currently attending university

For further details and criteria contact SI Jakarta

New Zealand

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

 

Betty Loughhead Soroptimists Scholarship

For Women who are over the age of 25yrs and are in a course of study.

This scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens studying at a recognised educational facility in New Zealand.  For further details visit the BLSST website or email Secretary BLSST

SI New Plymouth,

New Zealand Central

Lois Williams Education Scholarship for Girls

Granted annually to a girl completing secondary schooling and seeking a tertiary education.

On a rotational basis of the three eligible secondary schools, a minimum of $1,000 is granted to a needy girl to assist with tertiary study fees and/or purchase of books.

For further details contact club secretary SI New Plymouth

Christchurch, NZ Soroptimist Music Scholarship

Scholarship to enable a primary school child the ability to learn music

For further details and criteria contact SI Christ Church

Gore, NZ SI Gore President's Scholarship

Scholarship provides money to assist with the purchase of books; tuition fees and or travel. The scholarship is open to young women from the local Gore district.

For further details and criteria contact SI Gore

Thailand

Region

Type of Scholarship / Bursary

Eligibility

Dusit

Nursing Scholarship

Assistance for nursing students to continue their studies

For further details and criteria contact SI Dusit

Dusit Medical Scholarship

Assistance for medical students currently attending Khon Kaen University

For further details and criteria contact SI Dusit

Dusit Janie Scholarship fund

Assistance for law degree students currently attending Khon Kaen University

For further details and criteria contact SI Dusit

Dusit Education Scholarship

Assistance for students to complete the education.

For further details and criteria contact SI DusitSID website

Dusit Scholarship for Hill Tribe Girls

Assistance for students to continue their education

For further details and criteria contact SI DusitSID Website

Thailand

Minmahaw Education Foundation, Mae Sot,T Thailand,

Scholarship is to provide for women to continue their education, studens must be residents of Thailand.

Contact SI Canberraf or further details.
Closing Date for applications 30th June

     

 

 

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Subcategories

Soroptimist Projects

Soroptimist members from the South West Pacific volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through projects identified at the local level (their clubs), these projects work to Educate, Empower and Enable the recipients (women and girls), they lead to social and economic empowerment.