FAWCO News  — MAY 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!

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

www.fawco.org

www.fawcofoundation.org

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.

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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We are pleased to announce that Laurie Richardson, FAWCO UN Liaison, will be our June speaker. Her presentation will focus on FAWCO’s work at the UN. Some members of Augsburg AWC may be joining us.

The FAWCO Region 5 Conference will take place in Berlin from 11-13 November 2016.  Every MIWC member is welcome!!  For those of you interested in learning more about FAWCO, meeting some of the dynamic women who volunteer for FAWCO, as well as visiting Berlin, please consider joining us at this conference. For more information, check out the website: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/fawco-regional-meeting/  If you are planning to attend, there are also wonderful pre-conference events including a concert by Robin Goldsby for Thursday 10 November from 7-9pm, as well as pre-meeting tours for you on Friday. For more information, please contact FAWCO@internationalwomensclub.org   Please keep me informed in the event of your attendance so that we may coordinate travel plans.

Symposium on Human Trafficking & The FAWCO Experience – Registration now open
The Symposium: Stand Up Against Human Trafficking, dedicated to the sustainable rescue of victims of human trafficking, will be held at the International Press Club of The Hague on 8-9 October.
For registration: www.fawco.org/symposium
The FAWCO Experience, on 6-7 October, is a special program for FAWCO members as a precursor to the Symposium. It will be capped to the first 50 members to register.
For information, agenda, and registration: www.fawco.org/the-fawco-experience

DPI/NGO Conference on Education
The 66th UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference on „Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together“ will be held in Gyeongju, Korea from 30 May to 1 June 2016. FAWCO’s Education Task Force will be sending a delegate and members of AWC Korea will also attend. If you are interested in joining the FAWCO delegation at this exciting conference for FAWCO’s new Target Project on Education, please contact Laurie Richardson at unliaison@fawco.org 

UN Youth Assembly
The FAWCO UN Team is pleased to announce the pilot of a new FAWCO Youth Program module: an opportunity for FAWCO youth to attend the UN Youth Assembly. Children of FAWCO and FAUSA members from ages 18-25 are welcome to participate in the UN Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York City on 10-12 August 2016 as part of the FAWCO delegation. Registration deadline is June 30. To register, go to: fawcoyouth@fawco.org 

US Taxes
The Esquire Group is offering a series of informative (and FREE) webinars to untangle and decipher what Americans overseas need to know to be in tax compliance. For more information on these webinars, go to: workshops@fawco.org

 The Right to Vote
Did you realize that women have only had the right to vote in the US since 1920? Many women (and some men) risked ridicule, ruination, and their lives to ensure women had this basic right. Given their sacrifices, we owe it to ourselves and to them to exercise this hard-won right!  US citizens may register to vote through the FAWCO website as follows:
https://fawco.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/home.htm
or go directly to US Vote Foundation
https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org 

2017 Friendship Quilt
The theme has been chosen to honor the new FAWCO Target Program: Education and its focus, Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills. Roberta Zöllner has announced the quilt title to be: Four Walls with Tomorrow Inside, celebrating all the world’s „schoolhouses.“ As Roberta says: „Some of them are no more than a shady spot under a tree, but they all contain tomorrow.“

And finally…How to Save the World (for lazy people)
The UN wants to make it easier for people to come to terms with the daunting challenges the world faces, so they created The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World, which offers lots of simple everyday things anyone can do to make the world a better place. The Guide claims that everyone, even the most indifferent and lazy among us, can be part of the solution. 

Roxey Lau
FAWCO Rep

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