All Soroptimists, partners and programme collaborators who register for COC2020 Yogyakarta and come over to the UNESCO Heritage Royal Kingdom City of Yogyakarta are in for the "royal treatment" of your lifetime. SAVE THE DATE!

Anusha COC2020 Royal PhotoHRH Crown Princess Mangkubumi, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pembayun has inspired the creation of a new Soroptimist Club, SI Yogyakarta to be chartered before end of 2019. HRH Crown Princess has agreed to be the Patron and Charter President. Local women's organisation leaders, social entrepreneurs and charitable foundation trustees are expected to partner the new club for programmes to educate, empower and enable women and girls. HRH Crown Princess is the Patron of Girl Guides in Indonesia and we can expect this partnership to flourish programmes for young women and girls.

Meanwhile, the COC2020 Organising Committee is lining up a powerful and exciting combination of keynote speakers and forum Panelists that will primarily focus on the Biennium theme to empower and prosper rural and indigenous women, girls and their communities through education, capacity building, enterprise development and ensuring women are at the forefront of sustainable development and climate action.

Centrally situated at the Royal Ambarrukkmo Hotel, this Conference will be distinctly different from past Conferences by focusing more time and attention on best practice projects and sustainable programmes of clubs and regions in all our Asia and the Pacific countries with special emphasis on how these proven results-oriented programmes can be scaled up, expanded, replicated and funded to become self-sustaining social enterprises for the beneficiaries who create products and services as well as for the club that project manages.

We will bring members in the true spirit of Soroptimist friendship to transform all adversities into opportunities, be it to tackle climate change, natural disasters, violence or discrimination of women and girls in any of our member countries

Together as one powerful force for good, we will have experiential workshops to encourage your creativity and innovation. We are developing heartwarming social programmes and joyful conversation circles that will nurture our friendships and foster team spirit, improve the way we communicate and deliver programmes, build our brand and public visibility through personal touch and social media.

For the first time ever, there will visible and tangible involvement and inputs from Young Soroptimists, Corporate Partners and digital media experts.

Do save those dates and start checking best available flights and tourist attractions to make this COC2020 Yogyakarta your ultimate dream vacation for 2020 while also renewing your Soroptimist spirit of service excellence. We are truly Women at our Best across Asia and the Pacific.

Early Bird Registration will open in November 2019. Standby for more exciting news in the coming months.

Photo: HRH Crown Princess Mangkubumi Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pembayun at the Royal Palace in Yogyakarta preparing the team for the charter of SI Yogyakarta before year end 2019. Getting ready to host SISWP COC2020 Yogyakarta.

Anusha Santhirasthipam
Federation President
Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific