Global Issues

Martha Canning


Martha Canning
3rd VP for Global Issues
AWC Amsterdam


FAWCO is proud to be a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a status supported by the work of our Global Issues Teams.

FAWCO's Resolutions and Recommendations for 2017 - 2019 establish our commitment to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of education, the environment, health and human rights. Therefore, our Global Issues Teams focus on these four issues.

The Global Issues Teams serve as a resource for our members. As you read the information in these pages, you might decide to get involved in one of the Teams. Join our team; pursue your passions.

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Target Program

At the Interim Meeting in Frankfurt (March 11-13, 2016), EducationEmpowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019. The Target Program offers opportunities for local Clubs to make a global difference, by actively contributing toward the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Learn more about the current Target Program: Education

Youth Program

The FAWCO Youth Program was launched at the 2013 Biennial Conference in Bern to promote cultural understanding and raise awareness of global issues in our youth, and to help them develop into responsible global citizens.

Learn more about the Youth Program


The Education Team will inform FAWCO members about recent developments in the global effort to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all (UN Sustainable Development Goal #4), especially related to issues in education for girls.

Learn more about the Education Team


The Environment Team encourages environmental stewardship and promotes awareness of climate change and its impact on peace in global society.

Learn more about the Environment Team


The Health Team seeks to increase awareness of global women’s health issues such as non communicable diseases, maternal health, mental health and aging. In 2014, the Health Team launched Clubs in Motion, a FAWCO-wide challenge to our walking and running groups, to circle the globe.  

Learn more about the Health Team

Human Rights

The Human Rights Team advocates to ensure human rights for all women, to engage members in awareness and action campaigns and to leverage the strength of FAWCO’s collective voice to end violence and discrimination against women and girls.  

Learn more about the Human Rights Team and Sub-Committees

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