MEDIA RELEASE

8 March 2017

Soroptimists taking action for gender inclusive world

Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP) Federation President Theresa Lyford has marked International Women’s Day (IWD) urging members and the public to make gender equality a reality.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s IWD theme #BeBoldForChange calls on individuals and organisations to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist International South West Pacific has clubs in 13 countries: Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Samoa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

“The work by SISWP members in the form of projects, joint initiatives, advocacy, raising awareness that is done in the 132 countries around the world is phenomenal and for those women and girls who have benefitted from what is achieved they have certainly been able to make a change to their lives, by being empowered, educated and informed,” she said.

“The work of Soroptimists is proof that we can all be leaders within our own spheres of influence by taking action. Through purposeful collaboration we can help women advance.

“As Soroptimists on this International Women’s Day, we recommit to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and men’s contributions equally and advocate for the creation of inclusive cultures.”

To learn more about Soroptimist International South West Pacific go to: www.siswp.org

MEDIA RELEASE

3 October 2016

Friendship is at the core of being a member of Soroptimist International

To coincide with International Friendship Day on October 3 Soroptimist International South West Pacific President Theresa Lyford encouraged Soroptimists to put friendship at the centre of their work for women and girls.

“We are a global family of more than 80,000 members and friendship is a value that we greatly cherish,” she said.

Members of Soroptimist International celebrate International Friendship Day on October 3 by reflecting on current and past friendships and in particular Soroptimists around the world should consider the true meaning of friendship.

3 October, Soroptimist International celebrates the day that the very first Soroptimist Club was established in Oakland, California in 1921, now known as International Club Friendship Day.

SISWP Federation President Theresa Lyford has challenged members to ‘Innovate, Inform, Inspire to Shape our Future’ as part of her term as president for the biennium 2016-2018.

“The work by SISWP members in the form of projects, joint initiatives, advocacy, raising awareness that is done in the 132 countries around the world is phenomenal and for those women and girls who have benefitted from what is achieved they have certainly been able to make a change to their lives, by being empowered, educated and informed,” she said.

“My greatest wish is that we will be able to see a marked improvement in how our clubs and regions work together to achieve the outcomes of being Innovative, Informative and Inspiring and I would like to see this reflected in successful projects, increased program of focus reports, pertinent and timely advocacy reporting that shows we are a part of the local and international agenda in our region.”

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