On July 2 the GA passed a resolution to create UN Women. In the months leading up to the resolution, international feminists became increasingly giddy as the culmination of their four year effort to create a bigger more effective UN agency for women grew closer. UN Women unites the four previous agencies working for women including UNIFEM, the entity most focused on country level programming. The transition is in process and UN Women will be officially fully operational by January 1, 2011.
On November 20, 2009 the international community observed the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly. This became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children, in all countries and cultures, at all times. The treaty spells out the basic human rights that children have; the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to attend school; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
As an average college student, Bali was a place I never expected to visit. Yet when my mom invited me to accompany her to attend the PPSEAWA Conference this past summer, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. After all, who would say no to a vacation in paradise?
It turns out this trip to Bali was not your typical vacation of sightseeing and relaxing on the beach… it was something far better. The majority of the time there was spent at the conference- attending meetings, discussions, presentations, and simply getting to know one inspiring group of women.
entitled "Our Young Women, Our Future” was developed by the Youth Ambassadors nominated by PPSEAWA’s International Council: Angela Lee, Kate Morioka, and Akari Yamada. We deeply appreciated the opportunity to share our voices and concerns during the conference program.
The following presentations were given at the morning panel on Friday, May 21, 2010:
We would like to increase PPSEAWA’s online presence through the website and expand electronic networking. Kate created a mailing list for PPSEAWA young women this summer that we can expand to others to use as networking tool, to pass exchange information about the Millennium Development programs and issues that capture our attention such as health, literacy, and environment. Networking like this is a good way to find avenues for funding ourselves, as well as a way to cut expenses for programs by sharing resources.
The United Nations International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding commenced in August. PPSEAWA’s Youth Ambassador Program is a great example of our organization’s commitment to get more young women involved in decision-making at the highest levels.
Women from around the Pacific gathered in August of 1928 for the first Pan Pacific Women’s Conference. National Chapters were quickly established, including one in the United States. PPSEAWA USA is honored that five of its members have been International Presidents, including Jane Addams of Hull House in Chicago, chairperson of the first Conference in 1928, Josephine Schain (1949-1955), National Director of the Girl Scouts of America, Grace Stuart Nutley (1975-78), Dr.