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.

Soroptimist International South East Asia 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).

Federation Project 2016-2020 "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

December 10 (Human Rights Day), marks the start of the International President's Appeal, which apart from the attendance at the Commission on the Status of Women, is the only occasion on which the 4 Federations are united in action.  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;
  • supported decreasing maternal and infant mortality in PNG, through medial education projects
  • supported four projects in Nepal, with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls through Education, Empowerment and Enabling Opportunities.



SWP Special President's Appeal 2018 - Makmur Indonesia Earthquakes Appeal


Projects of Excellence

Soroptimist of the South West Pacific Best Practice Awards are a celebration of the work of clubs throughout the Federation.  It achnowledges expertise in the planning and process of creating an effective project in Programme.

It serves also as an inspiration to ther clubs of what can be achieved with careful planning and can stimulate a willingness to undertake something different and challenging in their own clubs.

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