FAWCO News  – November 2016

What is FAWCO?

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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. 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

www.fawcofoundation.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 www.fawco.org

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

The webpage is live and online registration is ongoing!  So far, eight MIWC members will be attending!

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

The deadline for booking the Pre-Conference Tour was October 30th, but you can still book and attend the Conference.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, second, and third editions of Spotlight on Mumbai are now out with all of the links for booking the hotel and tours. Every edition focuses on fun facts about India as well as some aspect of planning ahead for Mumbai: how to get your visa (apply for Tourist visa; and as a US citizens, mine is good for five years – this is new!), where to shop and eat, and much more!

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

The 2017 Education Award applications and Development Grant nomination forms are now available on The FAWCO Foundation website. Click on the links above to find the forms and detailed instructions on how to complete them. Remember to start gathering your supporting documentation early to minimize the impact of holiday time closures and vacations. The deadline for all submissions is January 27, 2017. 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. 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?  Call on me for assistance.

Report on The Experience/Symposium on Human Trafficking

The October 2016 issue of the Human Rights Bulletin provides a comprehensive report on both events, which you may find informative and eye-opening. You might watch some of the excellent videos from the CNN Freedom Project or view Roel Simon’s film „Please Disturb“ for training hotel staff to spot and report sex trafficking. You might take the Slavery Footprint Quiz to see how many slaves support your lifestyle. It is estimated that 46 million slaves exist around the world generating $150 billion annually. Inform yourself, be aware, look around, and „please disturb“ whenever you see something that just doesn’t look or feel right. You might become an everyday hero and perhaps save a life. It’s going to take all of us to be part of the sustainable rescue of victims of human trafficking if we hope to make modern day slavery a thing of the past.

The Rutgers 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign — November 25 to December 10

The 16 Days Campaign kicks off on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs for 16 days ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day. The theme 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 Global Development Research Center (GRDC) encourages us all to do our bit to support this endeavor.  To gain greater awareness about the refugee crisis, our Book Club and the rest of us might read and hold a book discussion on When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi, a moving novel about a family from Afghanistan forced to make agonizing decisions in order to escape the violence in their country. (Nadia Hashimi will skype with us if we want to do a book discussion.) Our club might organize 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.

UNESCO Updates

Promoting Lifeloing Learning with Validation of Basic Competencies

UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is currently working on a project to develop international guidelines to give not only recognition, but also validation and accreditation, to people who have learned and gained experiences in both formal and non-formal settings. These validations and accreditations could enable people to use these credentials as a springboard to higher levels of training and education.

Education is Key to Sustainability for the Environment

According to UNESCO Director Irina Bokova at the High Level Panel on Education at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco on November 14, 2016, education is not an „add-on“ but an integral part of the strategy to combat climate change. Education is seen as „the nexus“ for the Paris Climate Agreement to succeed.

“I urge our leaders to put those most affected—girls and boys—at the heart of substantive commitments. Refugee children have the potential to help rebuild safe, peaceful, prosperous countries, but they can’t do this without education”.

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2014

UN Commission on the Status of Women

 The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from March 13-24, 2017. CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. To learn more, check out UN Women. As an ECOSOC-accredited NGO, FAWCO may send up to 20 delegates to CSW. If you are interested in joining the FAWCO delegation, please contact Laurie Richardson at unliaison@fawco.org. The deadline to register for CSW61 is mid-January.

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.

The FAWCO Foundation Live and Silent Auction on Foundation Night

You can help The FAWCO Foundation by donating to the live and silent auctions to be held on Foundation Night at the March 2017 FAWCO Conference in Mumbai. Do you (or a sponsor) have a property, an experience, or a special item to donate to the Golden Memories Live Auction? “Small and Precious” is the theme of this year’s Silent Auction. Wanted are items like jewelry, scarves, photos, artwork, or anything that is easy to transport in your luggage. To participate, contact Mary Adams at tfffundraise@gmail.com.

FAWCO’s Srategic Planning Task Force (SPTF)

The SPTF will be sending out a brief survey in January 2017 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. More to follow.

After the US Election – what next?!

“The work goes on; the cause endures; the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die”.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Roxey Lau

MIWC FAWCO Rep

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