Our history

The Asia Pacific Region was established in 1969 with only 12 countries.

Myanmar Girl Guides camp

Our achievements

Today we are more than 3.6 million strong with members from 26 countries. Our newest member is Myanmar.

  • Membership continues to grow, despite natural disasters and political challenges in some areas. We have also introduced initiatives to increase the diversity of our membership.
  • Life skill projects supported by Asia Pacific Region benefited thousands of girls and young women in the region.
  • Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS (FAPW) continues to grow and have raised over GBP 800,000 since its establishment. Funds from FAPW were used to provide grants for girls and young women to attend capacity building events and for life skills projects in the Member Organizations.

Some facts about the Asia Pacific Region:

  • The Asia Pacific Region of WAGGGS was established at the 20th World Conference in Finland in 1969. Mrs Sita Rajasuriya of Sri Lanka was appointed as the Chairman of the first Asia Pacific Regional Committee in the same year.
  • The 12 founding members of the Asia Pacific Region are Australia; Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Republic of China (Taiwan); India; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand and South Vietnam.
  • Asia Pacific Region celebrated 40th anniversary in 2009 and launched a history book of the region in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebrations in 2013.

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