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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.


  • September 04, 2022 05:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 1900 CET

    Essential information for Students Who Want Admission to US Colleges 

    Testing is Back!

    FAWCO Sponsored Resource, The Short List is hosting a webinar with Jason McNeely, Director of Academic Tutoring and Test Prep.

    Learn how testing will factor into admissions in 2022-2023 and the years to come.

    Contact Bill Short for more information and to sign up. 

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  • September 01, 2022 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)

    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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