One of five Federations globally, SI South West Pacific (SISWP) is an expanding and dynamic Federation.
Since its Charter as a Federation in its own right in 1978, the South West Pacific has grown from three member countries, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, to include 12 countries - these include Mongolia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Samoa, Singapore, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Clubs within the Federation provide service to their local, national and international communities and focus their efforts on issues identified as being of current global significance. This allows the accumulated efforts of members in their local communities to have a global impact.
The Federation supports its own major projects, as well as supporting the Annual Soroptimist International President's Appeal. Clubs and Regions generate their own projects according to local needs and opportunities.
Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
Human Rights for all • Global Peace and International Goodwill • Advancing Women’s Potential • Integrity and democratic decision making • Volunteering, diversity and friendship
What does Soroptimist mean?
The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best.
Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 Clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.
The SISWP Team
The Federation Board consists of 12 elected Members who manage and oversee the organisation. We also have two dedicated staff members based in Sydney who provide support to members of the South West Pacific.
The Federation Programme Team, led by the Programme Director and six (6) elected members make up the programme team. The team provides advice to the members on the 8 Objectives; Education, Elimination of violence, Economic empowerment, Food security, Healthcare, Environmental sustainability/water and sanitation, Conflict resolution/peace promotion, Disaster relief, mitigation and resilience.
Join with us, and become part of this dynamic team of women helping to educate, empower and enable women and girls to reach their full potentiall members who are powerful and effective advocates of women’s and girls’ rights.