Issues and challenges of great importance to the region will be tackled at the 20th Convention of the Federation of Asia-Pacific Women’s Association (FAWA), an event that will convene multi-sectoral participants from different countries.
This year’s convention will be held Oct. 25 to 28 at the Aurora Resort and Spa.
Several workshops have been lined up to discuss country-specific obstacles and strategies, and to adopt resolutions to address these issues.
Themes cross-cutting across plenary and workshop sessions include women in the modern world, women and sustainability, women’s health issues, and women and education.
According to a briefer from the association, FAWA was founded in 1959 by distinguished international women with the highest academic backgrounds. Charter members include Burma, Guam, Laos, Singapore, Republic of China, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
As a charter member nation, Guam hosted the convention four times, in 1964, 1978, 1990, and 1998. Since its formation, 19 international conventions have been hosted by different FAWA member countries all over the Asia-Pacific Region --- with adopted themes reflecting the objectives of each convention.
Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo, who signed the association’s official charter, served as President in 1998.
The FAWA board consists of representatives from the FAWA member nations.
The current association president for Guam is Kristal Koga, who headed the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs and the Soroptimist International of the Marianas. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Club.
FAWA’s mission is “to promote closer relations, and bring about joint efforts among Asians, particularly among women, through mutual appreciation of cultural, moral and socio-economic value.”