PAN PACIFIC & SOUTHEAST ASIA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEET MALAYSIA

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PAN- PACIFIC AND SOUTHEAST ASIA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEETING IN MALAYSIA

By Mele Laumanu Petelo

HONOLULU, Hawaii (August 25, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---The Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asian Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) expects hundreds of representatives from the Pacific Islands region to arrive in Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur this week for its 20th international conference.

The conference theme, chosen by the host Malaysian organization, is "Strengthening Alliances for a Better World: Towards the 21st Century." The keynote address will be delivered by Tonga's Queen Halavalu Mata'aho.

President of the Association's Maylasia branch, Datin Ann Majeed, says the theme represents the organization's aims and objectives as well as an articulation of the aspirations that resulted from the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing two years ago.

Majeed says this week's event will provide women with wide-ranging insights and experiences on meaningful topics. In addition, she notes, the conference will promote peace through friendship and cooperation among women, and will contribute to a better quality of life for women.

Another of the aims of the conference, which will continue through September 2, is to establish an entrepreneur's network for women.

The last PPSEAWA conference was held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga in 1994.

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