Soroptimist International of Western Australia was delighted to host SISWP President Anusha Santhirasthipam and Programme Coordinator 2 Dixie Brown to attend a weekend of celebration, friendship and learning in Perth in late August. A major event was a high tea held at the University Club of Western Australia for the presentation of the 2019 Stella Giles Award for Achievement and the celebration of SI Perth’s 70th birthday.

Article written by Vida Corbett, Treasurer, Soroptimist International of Western Australia

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Blog written by Ralda Forzin, member of SISWP

Climate Change was the subject of both a plenary session and a workshop which was held in the main conference room due to the high levels of interest. Speakers came from different countries (Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands) as well as diverse backgrounds and expertise (economics, education, advocacy, politics, activism). Each speaker approached the issue from a different viewpoint, but all were agreed on one thing. Climate change is real and its greatest impact is on women. We are in crisis. The need for both advocacy and action is urgent.

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The crescendo of women’s voices rose up to greet you as you travelled down the escalator to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, for the 21st Soroptimist Convention opening ceremony. Outside a representative from each of the 125 countries in attendance were standing proudly holding their country flag, they stood lining the red carpet awaiting the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia.

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One of the first projects by Soroptimist in 1921 was the 'Save the Redwoods' – the great ancient trees which were being felled. They lobbied the legislature, took on powerful lumber companies, and won the support of the public. Today nearly 100 years later at the launch of the 21st Soroptimist Convention, Soroptimists planted rainforest trees in a reforestoration area of Kuala Lumpur. 

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Madina Mohmood 16 Copy CopySoroptimist International of South Queensland sponsored the inaugural Soroptimist International Empowering Others Award a category in the Seven News Young Achiever Awards. Madina Mohmood was announced the winner of this inaugural prestigious Soroptimist award in front of 400 attendees on Friday 3rd of May at Royal on the Park Brisbane. Madina was also announced the overall winner of the 2019 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year, chosen from the eight winners. What a wonderful achievement for this young woman.

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Keep Healthy and Happy Carnival at Orang Asli Settlement Kampung Kuala Masai, Johor

Blog by Nora Lam from SI Bangsar

Saturday 23rd February 2019


The run up to the Carnival involved Nora Lam SI Club of Bangsar (SICB) Project coordinator setting out to recce and enquire about the possibility of educating the villagers and particularly the children about health, cleanliness and the importance of education.

The sight of many unhealthy people inactive without purpose, resideing in the homes that had been built by the Government, and a few of them cleaning mussels for a living at Ringgit Malaysia 7-8 ( Aus$3) a bucket meant they all earned a meagre income. Economic development is an important factor for these women.

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