FAWCO News – October 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: www.fawco.org


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

The Region 5 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 our world today and perhaps discover what your role in FAWCO might be. So far, we are ten from MIWC attending, possibly the largest group from a member club! .Let us know if you plan to attend (or even if you are thinking about it), 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. So far, six MIWC members will be attending! 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!

Now back from Symposium on Human Trafficking & The FAWCO Experience – 6-9 October 2016

Both events were brilliantly organized and the experience was truly eye-opening and heart-wrenching. The issue of modern day slavery is extremely complex, widespread, and pervasive. Although sad and shocking to see human beings treated in this horrific manner, it is also hopeful and gratifying to discover a powerful network of dedicated people and organizations working together (including our asking ourselves what role we individuals can play) to end human trafficking and slavery. I welcome the opportunity to talk to you about it. There is a beautiful book produced by MyLinh Kunst, Robin Goldsby, and Mary Adams entitled „Portraits of Hope“ featuring many of the change-makers we met in The Netherlands offering hope, solutions, and inspiration.

The Rutgers 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence 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.” 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. What do you think? Please share with us whatever thoughts and ideas you may have in this regard.

18 Project Proposals Received for FAWCO Target Project!

This includes our proposal for NEEED (lambs for schoolgirls and post-secondary teachers’ training). The Selection Committee will announce a shortlist of 3-5 projects on 6 January 2017 along with project summaries for clubs to review. 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.

Do Consider Applying for the 2017 Development Grants (DG) and Education Awards (EA)

There will be 17 awards and grants available, inluding 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. Perhaps your child or grandchild might be interested in applying for an EA worth $5,000? Or you yourself would like to further your own studies or expand your skills set? Go to FAWCO Foundation website’s Education Awards page to see how you or a family member might qualify for an EA. I will again be applying for a DG worth $4,500 for the girls’ school in India. Application and nomination forms can be found on the FAWCO.org website. Call on me for assistance.

The FAWCO Foundation Live and Silent Auction

For Foundation Night at the 2017 FAWCO Conference in Mumbai, the FAWCO Foundation would be most appreciative of donations of say a weekend/week’s stay in your property or from a hotel that you frequent, a piece of jewelry, or other small, handcrafted items. Find out how to get involved by contacting Mary Adams at tfffundraise@gmail.com.

FAWCO launches an exciting new Quarterly Online Magazine – Inspiring Women!

This new magazine will profile the lives of members of FAWCO clubs who have used their skills, talents and passions to make an impact in the global community. The magazine will offer readers the opportunity to learn about other FAWCO club members and their challenges and experiences in their host countries, allowing for interactive reader feedback. The theme of the first issue to come out in Spring 2017 is: Rebranded Women. We’re too late (Oct 17 deadline) to submit for this issue, but it might be about a club member who arrived with a CV full of accomplishments in one field and, for any number of reasons, found a new vocation and has made a name for herself in a totally different field.

FAWCO’s Strategic 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 Citizens – be sure to VOTE on or before November 8!!

Roxey Lau


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