UN DAY 2012 - October 24
Today - October 24, the UN will mark the 57th anniversary of the day when the UN Charter officially came into force. It was established to highlight and celebrate the achievements of the UN. UN Associations around the world use the day to remind people of the history of the UN and what the UN has been doing to combat some of the world's toughtest problems, such as hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria as well as continuing to play a vital role of peace-keeping.
Highlights of FAWCO's 2012 UN Activities
As 2012 is starting to draw to a close, I thought it would be important to highlight a couple of major UN NGO activities as well as describing upcoming UN NGO activities.
1) FAWCO's Target Program in Cambodia to support the UN's MDG goal of providing clean water has been a resounding success. To date, 276 field wells and 267 family wells have been constructed in rural areas that previously had little or no access to clean water. FAWCO clubs have raised over $110,000. There are still three months to go in the program, so there is still time to donate. Go to www.fawcofoundation.org
2) FAWCO has been supporting the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls Leadership Worldwide since 2006 and each year, "FAWCO daughters" have attended this highly prestigious program offered every summer in New York. This year, four very talented FAWCO daughters were selected:
Madison Stewart, daughter of Stephanie Stewart (Childterns, UK)
Karin Hin, daughter of Marie Louise Cusack (AAWE Paris)
Julia Goldsby, daughter of Robin Goldsby (AIWC Cologne)
Vasiliki Mitsakis, daughter of Alexandra Mitsaki (AWG, Athens)
Watch for their report backs in the next FAWCO FORUM where the girls will describe their experiences at the ERGLW last summer.
It should be noted, that before FAWCO started actively promoting the program for girls living overseas, the ERGLW had virtually no foreign-based participants. Last year, the organization changed is formal name from the "ER Girls' Leadership Workshop" to the "ER Girls' Leadership Worldwide." I like to think this must be attributed to the "FAWCO effect" and the quality of the young FAWCO women who attended.
3) As part of the continuing efforts to work closer with the UN on issues that affect women, FAWCO has become a member of the UN Women US National Committee (USNC). This committee supports the mission of UN Women to attain social, political and economic equality for women and girls worldwide. The USNC advocates for legislation and federal funding in the US Congress for women's programs; educates people on women's issues and raises private funds to support programs for women and girls.