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.

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

registrations are now open.  

Conference of Clubs 2020 Virtual Due to Covid 19 

Every 2 years in Federation of South West Pacific a conference of Clubs is held in the destination of choice of the Federation president. Plans are being made for this conference to be held in Indonesia  The Conference is 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 2020-2022. We welcome Suman Lal from Fiji as our 2020-22 Federation President. President Suman'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  the Adelaide White Ribbon holds a breakfast in November. The numbers have increased over the past 11 years since the first breakfast from 400 to 1400. South Australia has the largest event in Australia and Soroptimists are proud to have a member in the organising committee.

“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.

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day  2021


Each year Soroptimists celebrate women's achievements on International Women's Day March 8th, while also remembering the struggles faced by women around the world. In 1993 the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast was established and is now the largest event celebrating IWD in Australia and, it is the largest Annual Women’s Event in the Adelaide.  In supporting the work of UN Women National Committee Australia through the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast we were delighted that the breakfast was hosted by Senator Hon Penny Wong this year with Jane Caro a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator as our guest speaker.

Tickets for this prestigious event go on sale online in February each year.



SI Adelaide Travel Award

Soroptimist International of Adelaide Esther Bright Travel Award. Now closed for female tertiary students for travel within Australia or overseas as part of their studies.

click here for further information  and application forms.