The 20th Soroptimist International Convention was held at the Hilton Convention Centre, Istanbul from 9 to 12 July 2015. More than 1500 Soroptimists from the four federations participated and five members of SIPJ also attended: Puan Sri Siew Yong Ganalingam, Dato’ Anusha Santhirasthipam, Sharon Saw, Kim Fong and Joyce Kee.
Siew Yong was also there in her capacity as Organising Chair for the 21st International Convention, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2019! National Rep Joanne Yeoh and SIROM President-Elect Dr Saradha Narayanan were also part of the Malaysian contingent.
The Convention was a marvellous experience – filled with much learning and sharing of Soroptimist ideals worldwide. During the convention, we also received news of SIPJ’s SEEED JobsForLife project being declared co-winner of the Grand Prize for Berbudi Berganda Social Impact Innovation Challenge 2014, which called for much celebration.
Dato’ Anusha sharing with the crowd about SEEED Jobs For Life, which had just been declared co-winner of the Grand Prize for Berbudi Berganda Social Impact Innovation Challenge 2014. SI International President Ann Garvie stands to the left.
Puan Sri Siew Yong mentions SEEED Project in her presentation on the 21st Soroptimist International Convention to be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2019.
SI ladies (from left), SIROM President-Elect Dr Saradha Narayanan (SI Damansara), SIROM Programme Convenor/UN Liaison Sharon Saw (SIPJ President), SISWP President-Elect (2016-2018) Dato’ Anusha Santhirasthipam (SIPJ Programme Convenor/UN Liaison), SISWP IPP Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam (SIPJ), National Representative of Malaysia Joanne Yeoh (SI Damansara), Joyce Kee (SIPJ ICT Convenor), Kim Fong (SIPJ IPP)
Puan Sri Siew Yong receiving the Soroptimist flag from Istanbul Convention Chair Ermine Erdem, symbolising the transferring of the chair.
SI ladies promoting Malaysia for the 21st Soroptimist International Convention in KL!
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