The Soroptimist Programme of Service covers a broad spectrum of issues and concerns within the 8 Objectives.  Members focus their efforts on these and develop projects that meet the specific needs of their communities. A structured reporting system ensures that the collective efforts can be used to advocate for social change at local, national and international levels. Position Statements on issues of global concern are published collectively in "Where We Stand".

Some of Our Projects

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 and, allows for their econonic growth and opens doors to their dreams.

Clubs working at a location level often partner with other Soroptimist clubs throughout the world to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls to plan for their future, for their economic growth and to open doors to their dreams.

 

SI Bayside - Lighting the Way  

 
"Lighting the Way to Climate Justice", is a joint project by SI Bayside and SI Lae. This project provides alternative energy devices to women and children in village communities lacking easy access to electricity and with very limited traditional means of access. The plan involved solar lantern distribution and education on the environment and a personal ecological footprint.  Women and girls in remote Papua New Guinean villages were enabled to study, work at night and be safe while learning.  

 lighting the way  

 

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Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific works with other Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and has representation at meetings of UN agencies committees and commissions and or at major forums on specific issues. This provides members opportunities for awareness of global issues and ongoing involvement in attempts to address them. Soroptimist International joins with women worldwide to ensure the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women through the implementation of the Platform for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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

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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.

Every two years, clubs have the opportunity to put forward a proposal for a new Federation Project. Members vote to accept a particular project at the biennial Conference of Clubs. Once accepted as a Federation Project, funds are raised by clubs throughout the Federation and the project is overseen by Soroptimist members. These projects have benefited women and girls in numerous ways.

To read abut the current project located in Fiji - Sanctuary - Shelter for Women.

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Sanctuary: Shelter for Women

sanctuary shelter for women logoSanctuary: Shelter for Women, is the current Federation Project, this project is located in Fiji and will provide shelter for women and children in times of disaster and domestic violence.  

 

President Appeal

Each year, on December 10 (Human Rights Day), Soroptimists are asked to make some small personal sacrifice and donate the money saved to a project chosen by the President of Soroptimist International. Clubs are also encouraged to conduct special fund raising for the Appeal.

Since its inception in 1981 by the then President, Catherine Salt, President's Appeals have:

  • addressed a variety of social and health issues including trafficking of women and children, land mines, HIV AIDS and malaria.
  • helped women towards economic independence in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Tokelau, Lesotho and Mauretania;
  • supported refugees and the homeless in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Malaysia;
  • educated girls in India, China and Africa;

2015-2017 Appeal: Educate to Lead Nepal

The devasating earthquakes in Nepal have left many women and children in vulnerable situations. The "Educate to Lead: Nepal’ will educate, empower and enable women and girls to overcome their adversity, stay safe and develop leadership skills that will in turn benefit their communities.  To read more... 

2017 Best Practice Awards

Best Practice awards to club and regions for their projects for 2017