THE 25th three-yearly Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) Conference was opened by Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni yesterday.
A total of 181 delegates from 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including 41 from Fiji, are attending the event being held in Fiji for the first time.
The conference, which is being held at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay conference centre, will focus on the theme 'managing the environment for a sustainable and peaceful world'.
Dr Luveni said the theme was important for children and future generations.
"We owe it to them to do our part as mothers and grandmothers, as sisters, as women, as Pan-Pacific," she said.
"You will not just learn from another but be energised by each other as your knowledge base spans half the world."
PPSEAWA international president Theresa Hintze commended the hard work of the individual members of the association towards its cause.
"PPSEAWA works to further the cause of peace by fostering friendship and exchange of information and knowledge among Pacific and South East Asia women for the betterment of their social, cultural and economic conditions," Ms Hintze said.
PPSEAWA is also celebrating its 85th birthday at the conference.