Soroptimist International South Australia






SI South West Pacific Federation project 2016-2020

These are emergency shelters for women and children who are victims of violence and natural disasters.  This project reflects the voice of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific and its goals and objectives.  Fiji is ranked 4th in the world in terms of violence and is also prone to natural disasters; cyclones in particular.  Fiji's rates of violence against women and girls are among the highest in the world. There is a severe lack of shelters in Fiji and victims are often brought back to their homes, where perpetrators can re-offend.

International Presidents Appeal 2017-2019

Every SI President proposes a ‘President’s Appeal’: a project to which Soroptimists worldwide are called to raise funds during the President’s two-year tenure. For the period 2017 – 2019 the President’s appeal is the project Women, Water & Leadership. At least five projects will be supported in five continents with a view to enabling women to become active leaders in water management. More specifically, these projects will connect to Sustainable Development Goals  4 – Quality Education, 5 – Gender Equality and 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, for all purposes


Region AGM Mount Gambier 2018

The AGM in February 2018 was held at Mt Gambier and was well attended by members from across the Region.  The theme of homelessness was highlighted with guest speakers Jessica Porter, a PhD student who spoke on her research into homelessness and Trish Spark the homeless services Manager.  

Around 30 Soroptimists discussed ways to address homelessness among older women in particular and attendees workshopped ideas to take back to their respective Soroptimist groups to attempt to make change through advocacy and direct action.

See region gallery for more photos from 2018 Region AGM

Conference of Clubs Melbourne 2018

Every 2 years in Federation of South West Pacific a conference of Clubs is held in the destination of choice of the Federation president. This year in May it was held in Melbourne. Its a time to renew friendships , make new friends, attend workshops, listen to inspiring speakers and catch up with club projects. A gala dinner on the last night sees the installation of the Federation President for next bienium 2018-2020. We welcome Anusha Santhivasthipam from Maylasia. Anusha's theme is..


Below are the SISA members who attended the conference.

Soroptimist International OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

support the worldwide campaign to Stop Violence against women

The Adelaide white ribbon breakfast

Soroptimist International South Australia are strong supporters of The White Ribbon Campaign. The WRC works to prevent men's violence against women.  It seeks to promote wide-scale awareness about the positive role men can play in its effective prevention, to foster leadership, particularly by men and boys, and to bring about social change. Each year this breakfast has increased in numbers from 400 to 1400. South Australia has the largest event in Australia.

The internationally-acclaimed co founder of the White Ribbon Foundation, Dr Kaufman was the main guest speaker for the 2107 breakfast. Currently senior fellow at Instituto Promundo in Washington DC, he works to promote gender equality and create a world free from violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. 

2018 The White Ribbon Breakfast

The White Ribbon Breakfast Committee are proud to invite you to this year's Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast to hear how young people are "Breaking the Silence" on domestic violence.

In a first for this long-running event, they will explain to a packed Adelaide Convention Centre audience their commitment to a program aimed at building respectful relationships and stopping violence against women.

Veteran South Australian journalist Ron Kandelaars will interview students from across the state who've embraced White Ribbon Australia's "Breaking the Silence" program which has been rolled out across schools in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.

Bookings open 24th September. Come and join us to hear how young people can influence our future - it's in safe hands!

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on      1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.

Australia's White Ribbon Campaign to stop violence against women is strongly supported by SISA. read more about The White Ribbon Campaign and Adelaide's White Ribbon Breakfast Committee's activities and news.


Many of our South Australian clubs hold breakfast to celebrate International Women's March 8th. The 2017 Adelaide breakfast was the largest event held in Australia for many years. It was hosted by Senator Hon Penny Wong with Guest Speaker Tanya Hosch

Tickets go on sale online in February. Don't hesitate, as tables fill very fast!

SI Adelaide Travel Award

Soroptimist International of Adelaide Esther Bright Travel Award for 2018. Now open for female tertiary students. Travel within Australia or overseas.

Contact for criteria, further information  and application forms. Closing date is June 29th 2018