PPSEAWA members from Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, as well as USA members from Boston, Chicago, New York, and Toledo attended the Welcome Reception at the Drake Hotel in Chicago hosted by PPSEAWA USA and the Chicago Chapter on September 1, 2014. After warm welcomes from our three hosts, International President Teresa Hintzke, USA President Taina Woodward, and Chicago Chapter President Gisela Blumeneau, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation by Bob Andresen on Chicago’s history and architecture over wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Dear PPSEAWA USA members,
Happy Mother’s Day!
First and foremost, I would like to thank our hosts during the PPSEAWA USA Annual Meeting at the UN Church Center in New York on Friday, May 1, 2015, New York Chapter President Patsy Chen, Edith Hugentobler, and the New York Chapter members, for their hospitality.
The 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) took place at the United Nations in New York from March 9-20, 2015. Participants gathered to evaluate the progress and remaining challenges for implementing the Beijing Platform for Action, the 1995 agreement that identified 12 critical areas of concern for gender equality and women's rights.
The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) took place at the United Nations in New York from March 10-21, 2014. The priority theme this year was “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”.
The opportunity to address a global audience is rare for young girls. One of PPSEAWA’s goals is to foster leadership skills by providing more non-formal educational and public speaking opportunities. One of the young girl guides who spoke at the International Conference in Fiji in August 2013 said: “I would like to say that speaking at the PPSEAWA conference was enlightening and a wonderful experience too. I still have the video of my speech from that day too!! My parents and I would also like for you to convey our heart full gratitude.”
As a member of the Working Group on Girls (WGG), and its Girls Against Violence taskforce, I have participated in several side events to the Commission on the Status of Women sessions (CSW) at the UN in New York, where girls were given the opportunity to speak out publicly about their lives. The topic is always “Are We Doing Enough for Girls?”
So, I thought, “Why not bring such an event to Fiji?”