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.

The project has now commenced   Read More

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

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Visit to Government House Friday 24 August 2018

Mrs Le, Patron of SISA, welcomed the region executive with SA club presidents to a morning tea and tour of the beautiful gardens of government house.

Soroptimist International 2019 CONVENTION will be held in our own Region of South West Pacific

Early bird registrations are now open.  

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..


Soroptimist International OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

support the worldwide campaign to Stop Violence against women

Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network

DV Panel held on Friday August 10th 2018
The advocacy network has undergone some changes this year and has refined its focus on DV advocacy. Co facilitators Lorelle Molde and Matthew Morris Uniting Communities have re energised the group and we now have a facebook page and a website. SISA was one of the early partners.
We are putting together a series of speakers for the year.
Organising of the White Ribbon march is now being done by a separate group, including several White Ribbon advocates, meeting on a separate day.
The first main Advocacy event was the recently held DV panel, with Assistant Minister Carolyn Power (Habib), Katrine Hildyard, Frances Bedford MP, Heather Stokes Barrister and Michael O’Connell, former Commissioner for Victims of Crime. Joining this group were Susie Smith and Kathy Lilis both from the DV Coalition and long term sector workers. 
The panel was moderated by Advertiser journalist, Lauren Novak.
In the large audience were interested parties from a wide range of services and sectors.
Carolyn Habib said that the government’s intention was to carry through on its election promises, including consultation with regional services similar to the city based Roundtable and increasing penalties for Intervention order breaches.
There was a strong sense of needing continuing bipartisanship and political commitment to funding DV services and DV related Legal Services, a point strongly made by Heather Stokes and reported in Lauren Novak’s Advertiser article the following day.
Michael O’Connell recounted being on similar panels in several previous decades and was somewhat despairing of our lack of progress. 
Interesting questions came from the floor on a wide ranging group of issues.
This was a morning well spent, as accessibility to political leaders brings greater opportunity for real change.

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.

2018 The White Ribbon Breakfast

The White Ribbon Breakfast Committee are proud to have held another successful Breakfast this year with the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast themed "Breaking the Silence" on domestic violence.

In a first for this long-running event, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the committee explained to the audience their commitment to a program aimed at building respectful relationships and stopping violence against women.

Veteran South Australian journalist Ron Kandelaars interviewed students from across the state who have 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. 
This unique event was opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AC, Governor of South Australia.

"Breaking the Silence" is an award-winning professional learning initiative developed by White Ribbon Australia to equip principals and teachers to implement domestic violence education in schools, both primary and secondary, as schools play a pivotal role in White Ribbon's aim to create real generational change to prevent violence against women and children in our community.  Further information available by visiting

“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.


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