In 1928, in Honolulu, a group of women with international concerns, hoping to promote peace through understanding and friendship, convened to establish the Pan Pacific Women's Association. In 1955, the name was changed to Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association to more accurately reflect the organisation's expanding area of interest.
At this first International Conference the primary focus was the exchange of experiences relating to national problem areas for women and children in and around the Pacific. Since 1930, international conferences have been held approximately every three years, bringing women together for meetings, lectures, workshops, and cultural programmes concerned with women, families and the promotion of peaceful lives for all.
PPSEAWA is the only international women's organization devoted to peace and understanding in the Pacific and South East Asia.
PPSEAWA is financed by contributions from individuals, organizations, and PPSEAWA member organizations.
To strengthen the bonds of peace by promoting better understanding and fostering friendship among all women of the Pacific and Southeast Asia;
To initiate and promote cooperation among the women of these regions for the study and improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions.
The growth of the organization through increased membership and through the establishment of new regional Area groups in New Zealand.
Increased programme activities in all Area groups in New Zealand.
Identifying the needs and problems of today's women and children
Protecting the status of women and children and promoting family and child welfare
Furthering education, training and literacy programs for all ages
Working to protect and improve the environment
Raising funds and providing support locally and region wide