The American Women’s Group in Paris is proud to be a founding member of FAWCO (The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas), an international network of volunteer clubs that advocates for improvements in the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Every year, we donate to FAWCO’s Target Program, a multi-year cycle of issue awareness and education, project monitoring, and review and evaluation. Past years have focused on the Malaria Program (2005-2009), the Tabitha Wells for Clean Water, Cambodia (2009-2013), and Free the Girls, Mozambique (2014-2017).
The 2017-2019 Target Project is Hope Beyond Displacement, providing education, vocational, and leadership training for urban refugee women and girls in Jordan.
FAWCO’s U.S. issues committees is a valuable resource concerning citizenship laws for expat Americans, tax and banking information, and voting from overseas.
FAWCO is also a United Nations-accredited NGO with special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council with representatives focusing on issues of education, environment, health and human rights as relates to women and children.
Please see www.fawco.org for more information.
The October 6, 2017, Region 3 Conference of FAWCO clubs sponsored by the American Women's Group in Paris was a wonderful time for all who attended. AWG FAWCO Rep Sandra Gogel and Rebecca DeFraites, FAWCO Membership Chair and a longtime AWG member, put together a weekend of sight-seeing, dining, and networking enjoyed by more than 70 members from clubs in France, Spain, Germany, Morocco. Lebanon, and the Netherlands.
Guest speakers included Kristina Kvien, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Paris; FAWCO President Sallie Chaballier, President of the FAWCO Foundation Suzanne Wheeler, and Tricia Saur, the Target Project Chair. A raffle raised 710 euros toward the Target Project, which was supplemented by AWG Paris to total 1,000 euros and will be matched by the DeGroot Foundation by another 1,000. We are so pleased to have had this opportunity to bring everyone together.