Region of New South Wales

What We Do

Soroptimist International Region of New South Wales Inc and its Clubs, aim to be a global voice for women and their rights including:

  • the right to education and good health;
  • the right to live in a peaceful environment without the constant threat of violence;
  • the right to equal participation in decision making at all levels.

Soroptimists work globally to encourage governments and institutions to promote gender equality in economic and political structures and to recognise the importance of women's input into the management of natural resources and the protection of the Earth's environment. They seek recognition of the importance of women's unpaid labour to the social and economic wellbeing of all nations.

Each year, Soroptimists design, fundraise for, and implement thousands of projects that benefit women and girls in their communities. To the extent that women's needs across the world vary, Soroptimist projects vary as well. That said, all Soroptimist projects share three characteristics:

  • They address a local need
  • They are conceptualised and implemented locally
  • Their main purpose is to bring concrete improvement to the lives of women and girls Soroptimists work in five key areas of importance to women and girls:

Soroptimists work in five key areas of importance to women and girls:

  • Education
    Provision of school supplies, scholarships and mentoring, continuing education for migrant women, literacy training for women, lobbying for equality in education.
  • Economic Empowerment
    Vocational training, business skills training, improved access to resources, lobbying for equality in employment.
  • Eliminating Violence Against Women
    Aid to victims of violence, anti-trafficking initiatives, lobbying for the elimination of violence against women.
  • Health
    Provision of medical supplies, nurse/midwife training, tests/screenings, education on reproductive health and rights, lobbying for improved health care.
  • Sustainable Environment
    Greening initiatives, lobbying for environmental sustainability.