The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) was established in 1928, when it held its first conference. PPSEAWA’s mission is to foster friendship and collaboration among women from the Pacific and Southeast Asia and women in the United States (PPSEAWA, n.d.). The founders of this organization sought to improve the social, economic, and cultural conditions of their respective nations through collaboration with the United States and the United Nations. The “Southeast Asia and the United Nations” primary document recounts a 1955–56 discussion group meeting held in New York among five women from Burma (now Myanmar),1 India, Indonesia, Pakistan,2 and the Philippines (Republic of the Philippines), and five women from the United States. The issues discussed ranged from maternal and child welfare to education and the improvement of the status of women in society. UN experts on these issues were present...
Introduction to Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association “Southeast Asia and the United Nations” Discussion Group
Mandira Venkat is an undergraduate student studying sociology, South Asian studies, economics, and Italian at Smith College, class of 2019. She is from Austin, Texas and aspires to bring women of color narratives and content into the mainstream, and to foster interracial and cross-cultural dialogue.
Mandira Venkat; Introduction to Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association “Southeast Asia and the United Nations” Discussion Group. Meridians 1 October 2019; 18 (2): 282–303. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15366936-7775696
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