Soroptimists work on local projects which impact on a global scale. Clubs working at a location level often partner with other Soroptimist clubs throughout the world, These projects have elements which will Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls to achieve thier full potential. Enjoy reading about these club projects, and if you wish to find out more, please contact the clubs for further information. If you wish to contribute to the work Soroptimists are doing consider joining a club. Soroptimists would welcome you to their sisterhood of volunteering.
These project showcase how working at a local level impacts the lives of women and girls on a global level.
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.
SI On the Terrace - Women in Prisons Forum
After reading the report on Bandyup Women's Prison by the Western Australian Inspector of Custodial Services which drew attention to the poor living conditions faced by women in Western Australia's only maximum security prison for women, Soroptmists from SI On the Terrace and SI Maylands, conducted a forum titled "The State of the Women’s Estate: Women in WA Prisons was held on 16 May 2016. The Inspector of Custodial Services was the key-note speaker at the event which was attended by over 100 people from women's organisations and other groups interested in the issue. A Women in Prison's Working Group made up of members from the two clubs has continued to meet to develop a strategy built around suggestions that emerged from the forum. The strategy is expected to include both immediate and longer-term actions to assist the women; lobbying government to consider alternatives to imprisonment and to provide suitable programs for imprisoned women and awareness raising.