The active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is a critical element in the work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). NGOs have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. 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 International South West Pacific and its members in 13 countries across the Asia Pacific region, actively participate with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the United Nations. We work to promote social or political change both at the grass roots level in the delivery of our projects which Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls, as well as advocate to bring about policy change at government levels.
As an NGO we protect women’s rights as human rights; working to eliminate violence against women, gender based violence, education, gender equality by providing opportunities for vocational training, climate action and environmental projects; water harvesting, improved farming techniques, aquaponics, seed raising, our projects address 8 objectives which in turn address and report against the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG’s) and their targets.

To better understand the work Soroptimists do as delegates at CSW, visit the blogs by Soroptimist United Nations representatives on our Soroptimist International site

To watch Ministerial briefings, side events follow the United Nations TV Channel

To participate join up on the NGO CSW NY site, browse through the list of parallel events on offer each day and register to join.

The Communications Team has compiled a SISWP IWD2021 Toolkit for Clubs, Regions and Countries to use.

IWD 2021 Campaign Theme #ChooseToChallenge. We are calling on all members to Strike the #ChooseToChallenge Pose. 

President Suman Lal IWD2021Raise your hand assertively and show that you choose to challenge inequity.

Show your solidarity in choosing to challenge and call out aspects that are unhelpful to women.  

Will you raise your hand high and pledge to #ChooseToChallenge?

Send in your Club, Region or Individual #ChooseToChallenge images to and for us to share images of Soroptimists from SISWP on our social media and website in the lead up to International Women's Day and throughout 2021.

Download the SISWP IWD2021 Toolkit for more details and downloads.