Malaysia has just been at the focus of the world, on 19-21 July 2019, when it became the first Asian country to host the Soroptimist International (SI) Convention at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the three-day summit attracted some 1,500 participants, and was the organisation’s 21st international convention.
Soroptimist International (SI), headquartered in Cambridge, UK, has nearly a century history as a global volunteer movement working together in 132 countries through a network of more than 3,000 clubs and over 80,000 club members to transform the lives of women and girls. SI arrived at the Malaysian shores in December 1991 when Soroptimist International Kuala Lumpur was chartered. Today, SI Region of Malaysia (SIROM) has 15 clubs and a highly regarded committee of chair persons.
The theme for the 21st convention, “Soroptimist Enable A Sustainable World: Global Connections ,Empowered Women.”, was aimed at driving meaningful change amongst diverse stakeholders on a platform that demonstrates a continued commitment and engagement on issues ranging from water & food security, technology & innovation, violence, trafficking & exploitation, healthcare & lifetime wellness, youth social activism and climate action plan, which are aligned with the 17 UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs).