The Federation of Asia-Pacific Women’s Association (FAWA) will have its opening ceremony today 9 a.m. at the Orchid Ballroom, Aurora Resort and Spa to officially welcome over 200 off-island and Guam-based delegates who are here to attend the federation’s 20th international convention.
This is the 5th year Guam hosted the FAWA convention. This year, the federation has adopted “Empowering Asia-Pacific Women through Knowledge and Opportunities” as their theme.
A plenary session will be held on Saturday with key speakers covering different aspects of the theme. Convention topics are based on issues identified as being of great importance to the Asia-Pacific region.
The themes will cross-cut across the workshop sessions, tackling topics such as women in the modern world, women and sustainability, women’s health issues, and women and education.
The objectives of the conference workshops are to discuss the obstacles in the various countries, share strategies that have worked, and adopt resolutions to address these issues.
The conference will also offer an open forum to facilitate the democratic exchange of views, and assist in resolving issues concerning women.
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.
FAWA’s mission is to promote closer relations and bring about joint efforts in the Asia-Pacific, particularly among women, through mutual appreciation of cultural, moral and socio-economic value.