The 21st Soroptimist International Convention
"Soroptimists Enable a Sustainable World:
Global Connections, Empowered Women"
18-21 July 2019 | Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Message from Mariet Verhoef-Cohen
Soroptimist International President


It is my honour and privilege to represent Soroptimist International as President at the 21st  Soroptimist International Convention, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the theme Soroptimists Enable A Sustainable World   - Global Connections, Empowered Women. The Convention delivers the opportunity for members from across the globe to come together, to meet friends, new and old, and to experience fun and friendship. The programme brings the promise of passionate speakers and panellists, of new ideas and solutions, and inspired perspectives on the future for women and girls. Informing and celebrating the work of Soroptimist International, I warmly invite Soroptimists, representatives from other organisations, partners and stakeholders to the Convention, so please save the date, and join me in Kuala Lumpur, July 2019, to be part of something extraordinary and truly memorable.

Yours in Soroptimist Friendship,

Mariet Verhoef-Cohen
President - Soroptimist International

Message from Siew Yong Gnanalingam
International Convention Chair SI Convention KL 2019


The 21st Soroptimist International Convention will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19th to 21st July 2019. The staging of the 21st SI Convention in Malaysia is historic as it will be held for the first time in Asia. For Malaysia, it is indeed a great honour, which we embrace with passion and commitment and all efforts will be taken to ensure the convention will be unique, memorable, with hospitality as a key ingredient, living up to our Malaysian DNA, "Malaysia Truly Asia". Our adrenalin is already on a high as we work towards a programme of fun and friendship among a diverse congregation of members from around the world, while ensuring the learning and experience will be extensive at a relatively low cost.

We fervently hope that many members from our 4 Federations will save the date and also keep yourself updated, as new developments are being unveiled on our website. However, be assured that there are a few secrets up our sleeves, so that there will be more pleasant surprises when you are here at the Convention. We look forward to welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2019 to fully experience and savour the spirit of it all.

Yours in Soroptimist Friendship,

Siew Yong Gnanalingam
International Convention Chair

Message from Yvonne Simpson
Immediate Past President


Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all.

The SI Convention acknowledges the past, celebrates the present and reaches forward to the future. Soroptimist friendships are renewed and created. Soroptimist service is shared and highlighted. Issues that face women and girls are explored. Solutions are sought and our dedication to our mission to transform the lives and status of women and girls is strengthened and re-energised .. all as a result of coming together at convention. I look forward to being with you in Kuala Lumpur to explore the convention theme, to connect, to educate and be educated, and join you as empowered women ready to secure a sustainable world.

Yours in Soroptimist Friendship,
Yvonne Simpson
Immediate Past President

Malaysia Welcomes You to
The 21st Soroptimist International Convention
Kuala Lumpur


Why attend Soroptimist International Convention 2019?


Attracting attendees from all continents.

Information Learn & Share

Discover new perspectives.


Build life-long relationships with fellow Soroptimists & NGO partners to connect on collaborative projects.

Kuala Lumpur

A value destination with diverse appeal – cultural, culinary, Nature – flora & fauna, Nightlife & Entertainment, Shopping too.

Friendship Nite & Gala Dinner

Will be surreal experiences with memories you will cherish.


Is a stunning full-facility Convention Centre within a park. Impressive.


The 21st Soroptimist International Convention will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, winner of numerous awards including but not limited to the “Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award for Excellence” by rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards 2013, is located in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and nestled between the awe-inspiring PETRONAS Twin Towers and a beautiful 50-acre landscaped recreational KLCC park, home to various species of flora and fauna.

The ‘2015 AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres) Innovation Award’ was made to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, which is also a centre with ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, EarthCheck Bronze status (environment) and Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels.

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