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The AWCZ is a founding member of FAWCO, an international network of around 12,000 members in 64 clubs spanning 34 countries. This not-for-profit, UN-accredited organization promotes the interests of American citizens living abroad. FAWCO contributes to the global community through development grants, educational awards and support for disaster relief funds. As a member of the AWCZ, you are also a member of FAWCO.

FAWCO is an international federation of independent organization whose mission is to build strong support networks for its American and international membership; to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide; to advocate for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; and to mobilize the skills of its membership in support of global initiatives for education, the environment, health and human rights. 

FAWCO serves as a resource and channel of information for its members, promotes the rights of U.S. citizens living overseas and contributes to the global community through philanthropy and global issues task forces.

A not-for-profit New York-based corporation, FAWCO is also a UN-accredited NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

The philanthropic arm of FAWCO - The FAWCO Foundation - is an independent entity, which has donated more than $1,000,000 in educational awards and development grants since its inception in 1967.

FAWCO’s members and volunteers are motivated individuals who care about the world and want to make it a better place. FAWCO’s overarching goal is to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of human rights, health, education and the environment.

Our current FAWCO Target Project supports Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania. Learn more about it here.


  • January 10, 2022 13:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the Conference on the Commission of the Status of the Women organised by the NGO CSW Geneva.

    Theme of the Conference : Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programes. 

    This conference shall simulate the UNCSW with youth representatives from all around the world while engaging in an intergenerational conversation. It shall host workshops on capacity building for youth focusing on the UN CSW 66. The conference shall bring in young women and men from all around the world to deliberate an agreed conclusion, which can be used as the output of the committee's initiative to mobilize stronger action for gender equality at the UN CSW 66. 

    Aimed output : Our agreed conclusion drafted by the youth from this conference mobilized into the drafting of the output document at the UNCSW 66 in March 2022. 

    Structure of the conference : 

    Day 1 :

    • Key note Panel - International and national speakers on the theme
    • Youth sessions (Simulation of the UN CSW 66)
    • Side events and workshops for online youth campaign

    Day 2 :

    • Youth sessions continues
    • Intergenerational dialogue on the agree conclusions drafted by the youth committee with the NGO CSW 66 members
    • Final voting on the agreed conclusions
    • Closing ceremony


  • January 06, 2022 19:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you were unable to join us for the Human rights in Focus 3-day event back in November, you can see all the videos of the speakers with this link. 


  • November 19, 2021 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Be sure to check out this edition of FAWCO's Inspiring Women Magazine. 


  • May 17, 2021 15:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the largest global program supporting the abandonment of the practice, and through that, advancing the human rights, health and well-being of women and girls worldwide. It is estimated that ending FGM by 2030 in 31 priority countries will require an investment totaling $2.4 billion, equal to USD 0.03 per year for every person in the world. Significant progress has been made with the protection of more than 3.2 million women and girls since the program was started in 2008, but more needs to be done! According to a recent statement of the Joint Program, “Even as the practice has declined in 10 program countries, growing populations create an imperative for accelerated progress. By 2030, 1 in 3 of the world’s girls will be born in the 30 countries where FGM is prevalent. That means as many as 68 million girls aged 0-15 may face FGM over the next 12 years.”

    There is a good side to the story as well. Alabama recently passed FGM legislation which now leaves 9 states in the US without specific FGM legislation. Egypt, a country with a prevalence of 87% and a high percentage of medicalization of FGM, has strengthened legislation and is actively creating more awareness of the issue in the country.  

    Women increasingly become more empowered to share their stories and through that, implore us to listen to what they have to say, to become aware of FGM at a global level and to take action. In the article, Just a Slice of Skin, Mariya Taher and Aarefa Johari share their stories, when at the age of seven, they both went through the Dawoodi Bohra tradition called khatna, known to the rest of the world as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC).

    The sharing of stories helps to bring the issue of FGM out into the open. Please read these stories, discuss them, pass them on. The discomfort of speaking about FGM will diminish the more it is spoken about and the less it is kept under cover. With 68 million girls possibly facing FGM over the next 12 years, we cannot afford to be silent. FAWCO women have time and again proven themselves to be formidable, and we must remain formidable in the fight for women’s and girls’ rights. Become informed, and inform!

    - Regards from the Target Team

FAWCO 2020-2022 Target Project: S.A.F.E.
(Safe Alternatives for FGM Elimination)

Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania (HGWT) is an organization that advocates to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices affecting women and children in Tanzania including but not limited to intimate partner violence, child marriage and other forms of violence. HGWT works to promote and protect the rights of girls and women by providing education to girls and the community at large, strengthening social cohesion, promoting positive social change and increasing the capacity of women and girls to live free of violence through increased access to protection facilities and skills development. HGWT's mission is to promote human dignity and respect for girls and women by:

  • Campaigning for the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices that affect children and women in their community;
  • Promoting respect, human dignity and equality of all human beings;
  • Empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty and inequality;
  • Supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

Through the fundraising efforts of all FAWCO Clubs like ours, HGWT has been able to:

  • Provide a safe haven for 500 at-risk girls as well as family counseling services to ensure their safe return home, free from the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • Provide healthcare and psychosocial counseling to 200 women and 300 girl survivors of FGM.
  • Community sensitization through outreach programs and introduction of Alternative Rites of Passage as an alternative to FGM, with a potential reach of 25,000 individuals.
  • Income-generating opportunities for 50 women and 50 girls and access to the National Health Insurance Fund plan.

Thank you for your continued support of our Target Project, for more information and to find out how you can help, contact the FAWCO Rep.

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