FIJI will host the 25th Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) International Conference next week, the first time the country will host the event.
About 181 members from 13 countries in the region such as Australia, Malaysia, Japan, US and Russia, through Vladivostok, will attend the event scheduled for August 26-30 at the Novotel Conference Center in Lami.
Fiji will be represented by 41 women from Labasa, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare.
Conference organising committee chairwoman Ravesi Johnston said the conference would bear the theme 'Managing the environment for a sustainable and peaceful world'.
"Women are conservationists in their homes and it is hoped that after this conference the delegates will be challenged to become environmental conservationists," she said.
In addition, the PPSEAWA youth will organise a day themselves, internal business will be discussed, and there will also be a cultural exchange.
"Each country has been asked to bring in traditional bridal wear with appropriate music and messages," Ms Johnston said.
She said PPSEAWA had raised money for the event, which was matched by the Ministry of Women with $50,000.
Fiji was a founding member of PPSEAWA in 1928 when it was established to promote peace through international understanding and friendship.
The association looks at identifying women and children's needs in the region and promoting education and literacy.