FAWCO News – September 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 through 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!

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 FAWCO publications from the following Task Forces:

Education / Human Rights / Environment / Health.

Subscribe to the 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 that presents everything you’ve ever wanted to know about FAWCO but didn’t know what or how to ask!

The best way to find out everything you need/want to know about the Target Program is through the monthly Education Bulletin. Sign up today at http://www.fawco.org

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Welcome back! I trust you’ve all had a splendid summer!

Do consider registering for the following conferences (at least a few of us will be attending each event!):

Region 5 (Germany and Austria) Meeting in Berlin – 11-13 November 2016

Region 5 is meeting this year will be hosted by AWC Berlin. The weekend will feature a charity concert by Robin Goldsby on Thursday night, a panel on Refugees: Integration through Education and a special presentation on Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (or yourself) while living overseas, as well as some fun pre-meeting activities. To register, go to: http://www.awcberlin.org/ event/fawco-regional-meeting/ Please consider joining us for this exciting event and meet the dynamic women of FAWCO working on the important global issues impacting us today and perhaps discover what your role in FAWCO might be. Let us know if you plan to attend so we may arrange to travel and room together.

FAWCO 43rd Biennial Conference in Mumbai – The Butterfly Warrior – 30 March – 2 April 2017

The webpage is now live and online registration is open! Early Bird Special of $575 instead of the full delegate price of $625 for the first 100 registrants is available before October 30!

For more information, go to FAWCO.org – Conferences – Mumbai 2017.

Pre-Conference Tour of 6 days/5 nights of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur (The Golden Triangle) –. $1675 per person based on a twin share. Cox & Kings is offering you the trip of a lifetime at a very reasonable price!Booking deadline is October 30.

You can register your guest/s (non-FAWCO friends or family members) when you register yourself. The $150 fee includes welcome materials as well as the Opening Dinner and the FAWCO Foundation Night.

The Conference publication’s first and second editions of Spotlight on Mumbai are now out with all of the links for booking the hotel and tours. Every edition will focus on fun facts about India as well as some aspect of planning ahead for Mumbai: how to get your visa (for Munich, ask Roxey), where to shop and eat, and much more!

Symposium on Human Trafficking & The FAWCO Experience

Registration are now well under way. Grace Reeves and I greatly look forward to attending both events.

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 an in-depth firsthand look at human trafficking that is a lead-in to the Symposium, is now fully booked with 50 FAWCO members.

The Education Task Force is promoting International Literacy Day

“The 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day (ILD) was celebrated this year on September 8 with the motto “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. The focus is on innovation; as “this is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, the vision of literacy is aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults. The Global Development Research Center (GRDC) encourages us all to do our bit to support this endeavor. Our club might consider organizing a book (and/or school supplies) collecting drive for refugees, or a local school, library, nursing home, adult literacy program, or other organization. Please share with us whatever thoughts and ideas you may have.

The Human Rights Task Force is promoting the Rutgers 16-Day Campaign – November 25 to December 10

“The theme for the 2016 Campaign will again be  “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!” recognizing “the dire situation for millions of girls and boys, and young women and men, whose universal human right to education is daily impacted or cut short due to violence, lack of resources, and discrimination.” The Campaign coincides with the new FAWCO Target Program.”

MIWC Proposal for FAWCO Target Project – Deadline for Submission is September 30th

MIWC has supported NEEED (Lambs for schoolgirls and post-secondary tearcher’s training) and now our Roberta Zoellner along with a member of AW Surrey are completing an application to the Target Project for NEEED.  FAWCO and the FAWCO Foundation hope to raise at least $125,000 to benefit the new Target Project, which member clubs will vote on in January. Our candidate, NEEED (Lambs for schoolgirls and post-secondary teachers’ training), has completed the application, and it’s almost ready to be sent in. So between now and the end of January, help us by sending the universe some positive thoughts for NEEED! With that money, they could send over 300 girls through primary and secondary school and train 90-100 teachers. Between 1-15 February 2017, member clubs will vote. The winning project will be announced and fundraising will begin in March 2017 at the Biennial in Mumbai.

2017 Friendship Quilt – „Four Walls with Tomorrow Inside“ – Quilt Submission Deadline is 10 October 2016

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 provided quilt instructions with permission from Jane Davidson at www.TheSplendidSampler.com. Quilt squares must be received by 10 October 2016. Direct your questions to Roberta – rl.zollner@gmx.net.

2017 Development Grants (DG) and Education Awards (EA)

There will be 17 awards and grants available, including several new offerings, such as a new EA for members to study in the field of Education, sponsored by the Counselors of The Foundation, FAWCO and FAUSA, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Foundation in 2017. You are encouraged to apply for an EA for yourself, your children or grandchildren. Also, investigate the possibility of nominating a club charity for a DG. Application and nomination forms will be available soon on the FAWCO website.

FAWCO’s Srategic Planning Task Force (SPTF)

The SPTF will be sending out a brief survey towards the end of October to identify how relevant their current programs are to our club and individual members. We are invited, both as a club and as individuals, to complete a 10-minute survey to provide them with a clearer picture of our members’ needs.

US Election Day – November 8, 2016 – Are You Registered to Vote?

For more voting information, see Mary Steward Burther’s bulletins on this topic on the FAWCO website.

Or, you can text to register to vote with HelloVote. HelloVote makes it possible—for the first time ever—to register to vote with just a few text messages, in under a minute. Just answer a few questions by text and you will be guided through the process. No app download required, just a phone or computer.


Roxey Lau


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