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).

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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2016 Best Practice Award Projects

Each year, Soroptimist clubs, regions and nations are invited to nominate a project for the Best Practice Award.  The projects need to demonstrate their excellence in planning, administering and evaluating a project to transform lives for women and girls around the Federation,  This is a prestigious award, showcasing projects which have achieved results.


to view previous years winner  (place a link tothe document ) 

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...