FAWCO Target Project – Please Vote!

Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills

The Target Project is a way for FAWCO members to make an actionable investment to empower women and girls through knowledge and skills. Through the support of The FAWCO Foundation we will employ the energy and generosity of our Member Clubs by fundraising for a single project supporting women’s and girls’ education. Of 18 Projects proposed, three have been chosen by the FAWCO Target Program Selection Committee as finalists for consideration. As a MIWC member you are a FAWCO member and have a vote!

Click here to cast your vote (Deadline Feb 13)

Please thoughtfully consider the three proposed projects and which one might have the greatest impact in on the lives of the women and girls.  Overview of the three projects are given below.

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FAWCO News – February 2017


Mumbai March 2017 FAWCO Biennial Conference

The goals for the 2017 Biennial Conference are the same as the Target Program : Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and skills. We have a number of women attending the Mumbai 2017 Conference, Hope Moore, Katie Mis, Roberta Zollner, Michele Hendrikse DuBois, Cecily Garver, Anitra Kitts and myself.

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MIWC Annual General Meeting 2017

Please join your fellow MIWC members for our Annual General Meeting on February 8. From 10-11 AM we will gather, as usual, at Peace Church, for refreshments and social time. During this hour, as a special addition to this year’s AGM, you are invited to enjoy a Committee Information Fair. Have you ever wondered which Committees comprise our MIWC, what they do, and how, you might get involved? This is your chance to ask questions, offer ideas and perhaps sign up to serve on one of these Teams.

At 11 AM the Annual General Meeting will take place. This meeting is held once a year, per our Constitution, and gives members the opportunity to learn a bit about the business side of our club. The Treasurer’s report and the President’s report will be presented, and members will vote to approve the 2017 budget and elect the Executive Board for 2017-18.

As a MIWC member your attendance is important and appreciated! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to kick off a fresh, new year with our MIWC!

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Donation for the Frauenhaus

Dear Members, 

We shall be collecting items for the Frauenhaus at the monthly meeting February 8th 2017.

Currently the Frauenhaus is in need of winter clothing for ladies and children: sizes 1 – 3 years and 6 – 10 years (coats, jackets, sweaters, scarves, gloves and woolen caps). Ski pants/overalls in addition to winter boots and shoes are also needed.

The Frauenhaus will be accepting bed linens and towels at this time as well as any toiletry and non-perishable food items (pasta, rice, coffee, tea, vegetarian pasta sauces, and biscuits).

Many thanks for your kind support!
Jane Romain

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FAWCO News – December 2016

What is FAWCO?


Founded in 1931, FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) is a UN-accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) and umbrella organization for some 65 women’s clubs in 35 countries worldwide, with a total membership of around 12,000. Member clubs include American and international clubs such as ours.  FAWCO seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, specifically in the areas of human rights, health, education, and the environment. It contributes to the global community throughout its Task Forces and FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards. Since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council.  From 2016-2019, its focus will be on  Education, as a path to empowerment, mobility, and freedom. As  MIWC is a member of FAWCO, all members of MIWC are also FAWCO members.   FAWCO says:   everyone can make a difference; together we make change!

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MIWC Monthly Meeting on January 11, 2017

MIWC is delighted to welcome Tara McCartney as our first speaker of 2017.

Women in rural India face a multitude of issues which stand in the way of equality: a fiercely patriarchal society, high rates of sexual and domestic abuse, limited access to nutrition and preventive health measures, skewed gender population ratios, a manipulative dowry system and much more. While women’s empowerment projects are growing in the developing world including India, there is still a dearth of best practices and a comprehensive understanding of how to transform the status quo.

Tara McCartney is the Founder of the NGO, United for Hope, working in one of India’s most underdeveloped districts. In this talk she examines the daily reality of gender disparity in rural Northern India and looks at some of the approaches for understanding and improving the impact of women’s empowerment projects in these areas including the integration of men and a new paradigm of early education.


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