FAWCO News  — January 2016

What is FAWCO?

Founded in 1931, FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) is a UN-accredited NGO (non-governmental org
nization) 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 gl
obal community throught 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. In 2014-2015, its focus is on Free the Girls, a program for ending female trafficking and slavery and for empowering and supporting girls and women to rebuild their lives. 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!

In order to get more detailed information on your area of interest, I would strongly urge you to visit:  



In addition, you might want to:
subscribe to the FAWCO publications.
subscribe to UN Liaison Bulletin for regular updates on all of FAWCO’s UN NGO activities.
The Winter 2015 issue of The Forum is available for download on the FAWCO website.
You must be personally registered to get access to a variety of member-only-access information.
An outstanding YouTube video entitled FAWCO in a Nutshell of 13 minutes in length prepared by Leslie Collingridge (2nd VP Member Clubs) that presents everything you’ve ever wanted to know about FAWCO but didn’t know what or how to ask!
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Interim Meeting in Frankfurt from 11-13 March 2016 — celebrating 85 years of FAWCO! This is one of the best ways to learn all about FAWCO, to catch the “FAWCO fever,” and to meet the many wonderful FAWCO women making a difference for the good in the world. (You need to be logged in to register.)  Please contact me at fawco@internationalwomensclub.org for more information and/or join the group of MIWC women who will be attending.

UN CSW60 —  You can participate in one of the largest gatherings of women’s rights advocates in the world at the 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March 2016. Representatives of UN member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world will attend. The theme is “Women’s Empowerment and its Link to Sustainable Development.” To join the FAWCO delegation to CSW60, write unliaison@fawco.org no later than January 20th to register to attend.

Save the Date!  On 7-9 October 2016, at the International Press Club of The Hague, FAWCO and FAWCO Foundation will present, for the first time ever, a jointly sponsored Symposium dedicated to the sustainable rescue of victims of human trafficking. The Symposium is open to the public as well as to all FAWCO members. Besides consciousness-raising, it will also provide tools for participants to become “everyday heroes” by standing up to human trafficking.  See you there!

2016 Development Grants and Education Awards — The deadline for submission was 8 January 2016 and the winning projects will be awarded at the Interim Meeting in Frankfurt in March. I have applied for a development grant for Pardada Pardadi girls’ school in India where I will again be volunteer-teaching Tai Chi, Singing, Dancing, and Self-Defense in March.

US-Accredited University Degrees — FAWCO advertiser, Walden University, offers US university degrees for expats living anywhere in the world. If interested, go to: expats.walden.edu

FAWCO 2016 Workshops for personal and club empowerment are now being planned and expanded based on latest demand from FAWCO members. There will be an information session on best practices from clubs that have won development grants and education awards at the Frankfurt meeting.
Target Project – Free the Girls – Donations
Thanks to generous individual donations, now at over $130,000 and still counting, FAWCO was able to maximize 100% of the FAWCO Foundation matching funds, now in the final leg of its 3rd year.
Online Auction  —  After the 2015 success, FAWCO Foundation will hold another online auction that’s open to everyone. If you or your family and friends have something to donate, or if you know of businesses with merchandise to donate, contact Laurie Brooks at auctions@fawcofoundation.org
One Billion Rising — Come Dance with Me!
Launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, this is the biggest worldwide mass action to end violence against women in human history. Based on a world population of 7 billion, it is estimated that more than 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped or both during her lifetime. We are rising and dancing to create a new consciousness where everyone works together toward ending violence against women and girls. You still have time to learn the dance online! No info out yet, but it will probably take place on Sunday, 14 February 2016 at Karlsplatz at around 3pm.
Clubs in Motion
In 2015, we at MIWC did approximately 3,619 kilometers from our long and short walks and a marathon!
Submitted by
Roxey Lau
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