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    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.





    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

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