Soroptimists work on local projects which impact on a global scale.  Clubs working at a location level often partner with other Soroptimist clubs throughout the world, These projects have elements which will Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls to achieve thier full potential.  Enjoy reading about these club projects, and if you wish to find out more, please contact the clubs for further information.  If you wish to contribute to the work Soroptimists are doing consider joining a club.  Soroptimists would welcome you to their sisterhood of volunteering. 

These project showcase how working at a local level impacts the lives of women and girls on a global level.

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Celebrating Day of the Girl Child

With our desire to transform the lives of females around the world, 11th October as International Day of the Girl reminds us that our work is vital to provide a voice for those girls who do not have one.

This year with a theme of Girls Progress = Goals’ Progress: What counts for Girls, we concentrate not only on our awareness of the potential of the SDGs for girls, their families and their communities but also on the fact that data is our major way of ascertaining what progress we are making. Without data we limit “our ability to monitor and communicate the wellbeing and progress of half of humanity.”

Many Soroptimist Clubs in our Federation are involved in projects that seek to address basic needs. Below are examples of just a few of these projects.

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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration of the International Day of Literacy which was established in 1966. UNESCO sought to “actively mobilise the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.”

UNESCO says the following about Literacy: Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

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The 16 Days of Activism is an import event in the Soroptimist calendar where clubs focus on public awareness advocacy and activities to promote Ending Violence Against Women and Girls. The UN has this to say:

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Soroptimist International clubs throughout the South West Pacific focus on projects which will improve the lives of women and girls in their communities, these are local projects which have a global impact.

World Health Day 7 April - focus for 2017 is "Depression - Lets Talk"

SDG  3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Read all about the amazing projects clubs from the South West Pacific are working on to ensure healthy lives for women and girls.  

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World Environmental Day June 5th

The Earth, our home, is a living system. It is an “ indivisible, interrelated and interdependent community” of which human beings are only one part. It is finely balanced and any actions which disturb that balance affect not only humans but also many other ecosystems. It is a finite source of resources on which all living things depend and when we pollute our water and our air, when we exploit unrenewable resources, when we poison the land we affect not only our lives but also the lives of other systems.
We are all responsible for the earth on which we live and Soroptimists in many clubs are educating and acting to protect, nurture and improve our home. They may educate the young, protect environments, conserve resources, advocate for future generations or just try to encourage others to live sustainable lives. They recognise that protecting the environment is protecting the future.

Read more about how Soroptimists clubs from the South West Pacific are making a difference to their environment on a local level but impacting on a global level.

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The United Nations focus on youth is recognition of the fact that they are the future.
Whatever is done now will be inherited by them and their input into policies and practices is both desirable and vital. Youth does not see anything as settled, they ask questions and they challenge the status quo. This is not always easy to accept but the reality is that young women and men are already contributing to looking for solutions in innovative ways.

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