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Ann Birot Salsbury
Co-Chair FRN
AAWE Paris


Asma Darwish
Head of Communications FRN
AAWE Paris

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Azadeh Khadkhodazadeh
Leadership Team Member FRN
Heidelberg IWC

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Ulrike Näumann
Co-Chair FRN
Heidelberg IWC


Mission Statement:

The FAWCO Refugee Network (FRN) weaves the threads of our amazing FAWCO sisterhood of global citizens to inspire each other, share resources and to directly collaborate across club borders in support of the new neighbors in our communities who have arrived from distant and often dangerous places to begin new lives. 

We do this in the spirit of generosity and with a desire to enrich the lives of others while also enriching our own.


Goals & Objectives: 

  1. Offer a nimble forum for brainstorming on new activities and supporting each other with ideas and rapid response to questions while we evolve the ideas into implementation.  
  2. Share celebrations of activities in support of refugees feeling welcome in our communities especially including those that involve direct contact. We believe this will support refugees in feeling that they are accepted members of their new society and will allow them to be positive role models for other refugees and in so doing support a more positive and peaceful world for all!
  3. Be available to collaborate on activities across club borders (e.g. supporting individual refugees who may have a specific skill and/or talent like handcrafting skills, art, music, dance, literature, science, academic skills, etc) and would benefit from studying/working in another country where we have a FAWCO Club that could help them with this transition.
  4. Share educational information (e.g. MOOC on global migration, articles, lectures, films, etc).  


A Brief History:

The FAWCO Refugee Network was born in May 2018 after a workshop at the FAWCO IM in The Hague attended by 50 FAWCO members living around the world some of whom were already actively involved in projects with refugees in their home communities and beyond.  In 2019, one of the beautiful things that has emerged is hearing stories about friendships between FAWCO members and people who are refugees. We know of at least two women who were part of the recent refugee movement and are now active members of an AWC and we are very happy that they are now part of the FAWCO Refugee Network Leadership Team. 

To get involved please join the FAWCO Refugee Network Facebook Group and you can also contact the FAWCO Refugee Network Leadership Team at


Here is an article about  Asma and a video intereview with her for World Refugee Day:


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