In 2009, FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation announced the Target Program to bring a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO Clubs, their members and the world. The Target Program offers opportunities for local FAWCO Clubs to make a global difference.
In keeping with FAWCO’s Resolutions and Recommendations, Target Programs have the overarching goal of improving the lives of women and girls. The FAWCO Board, in consultation with The FAWCO Foundation Board, chooses Target Issues on a revolving basis through our four areas of interest: Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights.
The Malaria Project (2005-2009) was the FAWCO-wide global issues effort that was a precursor to the Target Program. It encouraged FAWCO members to make a significant commitment to worldwide malaria prevention. FAWCO partnered with the Swiss Foundation BioVision in support of their integrated approach to malaria prevention in pilot projects in Africa. FAWCO member clubs raised over $100,000 the first year for the purchase of insecticide treated bed nets; subsequently, FAWCO raised over $40,000 for integrated malaria prevention.
The 2009-2013 Target Program focused on the Environment and the UN MDG on access to clean water. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of clean water in all the countries where we are represented, we asked our member clubs to fundraise specifically for Tabitha Wells for Clean Water, Cambodia. Details about the Target Program for Water are available here.
The 2013-2016 Target Program focused on Human Rights for Women with a primary focus on Protecting the Rights and Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Worldwide. The Education and Awareness portion emphasized women’s rights as human rights, specifically in the areas of political empowerment, economic empowerment, pace and security, and ending all forms of violence against women. FAWCO Member Clubs chose FREE THE GIRLS: Providing Economic Opportunity to Survivors of Human Trafficking as the Target Project, raising over $172,000 by the end of the program.
At the Interim Meeting in Frankfurt (March 11-13, 2016), Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019. The Education and Awareness Raising Campaign features our monthly Blog: Let’s Get Schooled, where we explore the issues which prevent millions of women and girls from receiving quality education around the globe; become familiar with the goals established by world leaders in education to remedy this injustice; and look at the impact educating women and girls have on their lives, their families, their communities and society.
The next Target Project (2017-2019), which will provide the opportunity for FAWCO members to make an actionable investment to empower women and girls through knowledge and skills is currently being selected. With the support of The FAWCO Foundation we will employ the energy and generosity of our Member Clubs by fundraising for a single project supporting women's and girl's education.
A call for applications was made on May 1, 2016 and eighteen applications were received by the September 30, 2016 deadline. Member Clubs will vote for one of the three shortlisted projects (announced January 6, 2017) and the Target Project will be announced at the Biennial Conference in Mumbai, India in April 2017.
As a United Nations accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council, FAWCO places a high priority on giving our Member Clubs the opportunity to contribute together to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Together, through the Target Program, we are making a significant impact on global issues and supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.