FAWCO's Environment Team aims to inform members about global environmental issues that confront our planet, such as air, soil & water pollution, energy efficiency, conservation and waste reduction, and the major issues of global climate change. Since we believe that each person can make a difference, one of our main goals is to help members become more environmentally minded through the choices they make in their daily lives. The Team also seeks to promote informed action within FAWCO, at both global and local levels. Major past activities have supported carbon sequestration through tree planting and water awareness in conjunction with the First Target Program.

For more information and to get involved with us, contact the Environment Team Chair at .


Anne van Oorschot-Warwick

(AWC The Hague)


The Health Team provides information on women's health and aging to allow you to make informed health decisions. We will take a holistic approach to help us safeguard and nurture our bodies, as well as enrich our minds and spirits. There will be articles and reports, suggested books, and FAWCO member contributions. We will also include practical information and resources, such as caring for loved ones from a distance, for ourselves and family members. 

In 2014, we re-launched Clubs in Motion, with the goal to walk or run around the globe before the March 2015 Conference. That's 40,000 kms, so we better get moving! To learn more, sign up your club's walking or running group, and check how far we've come, go to Clubs in Motion

We have gathered information from FAWCO Clubs about their Heart Pillow Projects to help women who have had breast cancer surgery. If you have Heart Pillow news to share, please send it to us at

We are currently looking for a Health Issues Team Chair. Please contact  if you are interested in the position.




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Many FAWCO member clubs are involved in making heart pillows to donate to help the recovery of women who have had breast cancer surgery. AWC The Hague has a Heart Pillow Best Practice with instructions for how you can start your own heart pillow project that you can access in our members-only Best Practices section (you must be registered and log in to see these). We also have Heart Pillows featured in these articles: Heart Pillow Project and Stitched with Love.  

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A basic education is an essential human right and should be a global, national, and local priority. Education is essential to understand the world and be able to function effectively in it. There is a direct correlation between women's levels of education and socio-economic status and health. Education empowers women to make informed decisions regarding their futures - knowledge is power!

Education “is a bridge from misery to hope.” - adapted from quote by Kofi Annan.

Mission Statement & Highlighted Topics

Our new mission statement is Increasing Awareness of Global Issues in Education. This mission has been divided into four areas of emphasis:

1. Global Citizenship

2. Literacy

3. Equal Access

4. Access to and Initiatives in Continuing Education after High School

Educational connections with UNESCO will also be highlighted.

We aspire to shine a spotlight on issues concerning education around the world in order to bring awareness of these issues to the FAWCO membership.

Collaboration with the Target Program

We are excited to be working in collaboration with Tricia Saur {Target Chair} as she ventures into the Target Program of Education and are looking forward to this inspiring educational journey together.

Join us:

Our Team is composed of enthusiastic educators and, more importantly, members who are very passionate about education. As a FAWCO member if you are an educator or are very passionate about education, why not join our team?

Please contact us at . If your topic of interest is not highlighted above, please do not hesitate to email Carol-Lyn McKelvey or Arandeep D. Degun, co-Chairs of the Education Team for further consideration, as well.

Sign up to receive the Education Team Bulletin at Subscriptions.

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Arandeep Degun (L) and Carol-Lyn McKelvey (R), Co-Chairs
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We are currently putting together the Education Team Team. If you'd like to join the team, please contact .   

Go here to find UN Resources on Education. To learn more about UN priorities and the work of FAWCO's UN Team, visit our UN Issues pages


Note: Information and resources that were included under Education on our previous website have been moved to Resources for International Living, under the Resources tab on the website navigation bar.

You can find links to Americana, College Guidance, Students Who Learn Differently Overseas, and Sharing Cultures here.  

The FAWCO Human Rights Team is a comprehensive network of advocates working to ensure human rights for all women. The Team will keep members aware of new developments impacting women’s rights, including UN updates, through Human Rights Team Bulletins and other publications. We also engage FAWCO Members in awareness and action campaigns.
It is our goal to leverage FAWCO’s unique strength as a global women’s organization to help end violence and discrimination against women and girls. 
Team Committees include:
Economic Empowerment for Women
Ending Violence Against Women
Political Empowerment for Women
Women in Peace and Conflict

Learn more about the issues and download information sheets to share with your club members on the Committee pages.  
For current information on resources to aid refugees, please visit the FAWCO UN Team's Current Initiatives page.

All FAWCO members are invited to get involved in their area of interest. If you don’t see yours here, let us know. Please email Therese Hartwell, Chair of the Human Rights Team at  to discuss participation. 

And sign up to receive the Human Rights Team Bulletin at Subscriptions.

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Therese Hartwell, AW Eastern Province
Chair, Human Rights Team

Ending Violence Against Women is a Committee of the Human Rights Team, addressing issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking, as well as other forms of violence against women. The Ending Violence Team was created in April 2008 to address issues of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in order to increase awareness and empower those women and children affected. Over the years, the Team has put a spotlight on the issues to get people talking about them. We also promote tangible actions that we can all take to help eradicate these forms of violence. When you look at the facts you see that we still have a long way to go.

1 in 3 women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime;

Rape continues to be used as a weapon during war and conflict;

Globalization and climate change are having the most profound impacts on women and children who are disproportionately displaced and left without options;

Gender-based violence is an affliction that millions of women and children suffer in silence and shame. Many become victimized by those who are supposed to love and protect them. 

Please share these three one-page information sheets on issues of Domestic Violence, how you can help victims of Domestic Violence, and global issues of Violence Against Women with your club members. 

For a worldwide listing of domestic violence agencies, see the Hot Peaches website

You'll find a link to the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC) website on our homepage under Domestic Violence. 

For more information or to get involved, contact the Committee Co-Chairs.

Co-Chair, Global Issues, Tonya Teichert at 

Tonya Teichert (AWC The Taunus)

Co-Chair, Global Issues

Co-Chair, Domestic Violence and AODVC Liaison, Karen Lewis at

Karen Lewis (FAUSA)

Co-Chair, Domestic Violence and AODVC Liaison

The Economic Empowerment for Women Committee of the Human Rights Team will report on issues related to the achievement of gender equality through economic empowerment.

Please share this one-page information sheet on Economic Empowerment for Women with your club members. 

Research demonstrates that gender equality boosts economic growth by closing the gender gap in labor markets worldwide. Recent reports support the fact that better jobs for women benefit individuals, families, communities, companies, and economies.

Women’s economic empowerment results in greater investment in children, education, nutrition, and health,  and therefore leads to reduced poverty.

Contact Committee Chair, Economic Empowerment for Women, Betsy Cook Speer, at  


Betsy Cook Speer (AW Surrey)
Committee Chair, Economic Empowerment for Women

Women Peace and Security is a committee within the Human Rights Team. Its goal is to raise awareness about violence against women in conflict zones and the role of women in the peace-keeping process.

The theme of women and conflict resonates with the very origins of FAWCO. According to The Red Book, FAWCO: A History 1931-2011:
Caroline Curtis Brown founded FAWCO on the belief that "enlightened women, working cooperatively throughout the world, could do much to help achieve permanent international peace; and that this was especially true of American women living abroad who had acquired special experience in living in foreign lands among foreign people and foreign customs. Their American clubs not only provided a home away from home, she felt, but also served to promote sympathetic awareness of the needs and problems in countries other than the United States."  Our founder's words are perhaps even more relevant today than in her own time. In our globally connected world, wars have a real impact on the lives of all of us, even when they occur in a distant land. A peaceful world benefits everyone.



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