PPSEAWA has a long history of organizing international conferences. Since the first international conference held during the summer of 1928 in Hawaii, PPSEAWA conferences have provided opportunities for women to learn, discuss and act on global and regional issues. In addition to serious discourse, several cultural performances by the delegates are included, to entertain the participants and give time to relax.
Held every three years, International conferences serve the purpose of strengthening the bonds of friendships and reinforcing members’ commitments to peace, by attending lectures, workshops, and programmes on conference themes relating to women, family, social and environmental issues. UN representatives speak on UN activities and lead panel discussions.
Past Conferences include:
- Thailand in 1990, attended by 350 delegates from 22 member countries
- Tonga in 1994 following the gracious invitation of Her Majesty Queen Mata'aho of Tonga. Attended by 350 delegates from 21 member countries
- Cook Islands in 2000, attended by 291 delegates from 21 member countries
- Bali in 2010, attended by 225 delegates from 16 member countries
Conferences have covered a wide range of themes concerning women including education, health, employment, culture, peace and leadership.
For an overview of the PPSEAWA conferences (1928-2010) download the presentation (PDF document).