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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.


  • April 18, 2023 19:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Continuing struggle to preserve US democracy – what you can do in 2023

    FAWCO’s US Voting Committee has pointed out that, although democracy triumphed in the 2022 US elections in general, the struggle to preserve it continues. For the foreseeable future, then, every election will be “the most important of our lifetimes”. Click here ( to find out more.

    While 2023 is an off year in terms of federal elections, there will be both some special federal elections and regularly scheduled state and local elections ( in, for example, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Overseas voters who intend to return to the USA at some point can take part in the latter. (Do remember that checking the “intend to return” box when registering makes an overseas voter liable for state and local taxes – if any.) If you intend to return, register and request a ballot as soon as possible in order to meet state requirements for voting in 2023. If you check the box that says “return is uncertain,” register anyway, in case of a special election, and to ensure you stay registered with local officials.

    Register to vote through the US Vote Foundation ( or the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP To find out what elections are scheduled for 2023, see Wikipedia (  or go to the US Vote Foundation (, scroll down the homepage to “When’s My Next Election,” select your state and start clicking.  

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

    FAWCO Target Project 4.0 Wrap-Up

    Target Project 4.0, Safe Alternatives for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Elimination was wrapped up on March 4, 2022. The monetary goal was set at $140,000 and I’m happy to say we reached $176.000 through fundraising. Proudly our Club raised $2524 over the last 3 years, even with the challenge of Covid for 2 of those years.

    Through the funds raised FAWCO was able to:

    • Identify 523 families who had experienced FGM and offer them various forms of support, including extensive psychological counseling for the survivors, family and communities.
    • Hold 13 ARP (Alternative Rites of Passage) ceremonies with more than 5,000 attendees.
    • Provide 810 dignity kits to the girls.
    • Reconcile 402 girls with their families, after the families signed a legal contract outlining their commitment to keep their daughters safe and not proceed with FGM or any other form of GBV (gender-based violence); regular follow-up is done to ensure this is adhered to.
    • Educate 1,126 women and girls on sexual and reproductive health, GBV, life skills and maternal and neonatal care.
    • Train 146 peer educators in ways to support the fight to eliminate FGM.
    • Provide 20 women′s groups with seed funding to start income-generating projects.
    • Conduct empowerment meetings in five villages with 200 attendees.
    • Provide extensive community and school awareness, including roadshows, school awareness sessions, film screening sessions, leaflets, women’s forums, radio programs and billboards.
    • And finally, all important, establishing even closer relationships with various role players at central and local government level.

    Always remember:

    “One person can make a difference. You don't have to be a big shot. You don't have to have a lot of influence. You just have to have faith in your power to change things.”

    Norman Vincent Peale

    Onward to Target Project 5.0. Our Natural Environment: Empowering Women and Girls to Ensure a Sustainable Future

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