FAWCO News – April 2016

FAWCO News  —  April 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 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!
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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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The FAWCO Interim Meeting (IM) in Frankfurt 11-13 March 2016 really packed a punch — full of exciting news, information, and connections.  Below are some of the highlights.
FAWCO Target Program 2016-2019 was Launched!
“Education — Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills”
Do sign up at target@fawco.org to receive the monthly Target Bulletin for the next three years. Tricia R. Saur, the Target Program Chair, would love to hear from you and welcomes your questions, ideas, comments, and involvement. Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. The top 10 barriers, of which gender inequality is at the core, as identified by the Global Partnership for Education developing country partners (2012-2016), are as follows:
 1)  social and cultural factors
 2)  early marriage
 3)  opportunity cost of schooling
 4)  lack of separate toilets for girls and boys
 5)  lack of female teachers
 6)  violence at school or on the way to school
 7)  direct cost of schooling
 8)  distance to school
 9)  low value placed on girls’ education
10) poverty
The Environment Task Force
A number of members have indicated interest in joining the Environment Task Force. In the short survey passed out at the IM Frankfurt, response to the following question was heartening — “I think that solving climate change is the most important environmental issue at the present time:”  YES=36; NO=5. Using the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guideline, we came up with the following five areas of emphasis:
1)  zero hunger – food security and sustainable agriculture
2)  water – universal access to safe and affordable
3)  affordable and sustainable clean energy
4)  climate action
5)  life on land – protecting soil and biodiversity
For more information (and to participate), go to:  environment@fawco.org
Human Trafficking Symposion Update
At the IM Frankfurt, FAWCO and FAWCO Foundation presented details on the first-ever jointly sponsored Symposium dedicated to the sustainable rescue of victims of human trafficking on 7-9 October 2016 at the International Press Club of The Hague. Watch for registration information in the coming months. The Human Rights Task Force bulletins leading up to this event will feature articles on this important topic.
FAWCO approved a new logo, tagline and Mission Statement at the IM Frankfurt on 13 March 2016 and the next conference location was revealed — Mumbai in March 2017!
FAWCO Foundation Night 2016 a huge success!
The “Wind Beneath Our Wings” gala fundraiser at the IM Frankfurt raised $30,000. The 2016 Development Grants and Education Awards were presented. Rick Chizmadia from FAUSA won Roberta’s 2016 Friendship Quilt “Liberate.”
Resolutions and Recommendations (R&R)
The R&R Committee of FAWCO is looking for a few good women to discuss and compose the R&R for the next Conference to be held in Mumbai in March 2017. Most of the correspondence between committee members will be done by email or skype as necessary. If you have questions, submissions, and/or want to be part of this Committee, please contact Judy Furukawa at rrchair@fawco.org
On the Occasion of FAWCO’s 85th Anniversary
“Celebrating 85 Years of FAWCO” was published and distributed to the IM delegates. A copy of this book can be found on the website. Hard copies to clubs are available upon request.
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