As an active member of the UN NGO community, FAWCO joins other organizations in advocacy by signing statements, position papers and letters to UN agencies and commissions, including the Commission on the Status of Women. You can access and read these statements (content coming soon!)
CSW and Women's Rights
In March 2016, FAWCO joined other members of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Vienna in signing a written statement and an oral statement to the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2016. FAWCO also supported a written statement and an oral statement presented to the CSW by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Vienna in 2015.
FAWCO signed a Statement on Women's Rights and Non-State Terror that was presented to the UN by a group of NGOs led by Zonta International.
In October 2016, FAWCO joined other women's organizations in signing two statements that were submitted to UN Women for the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women: one prepared by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna.
FAWCO signed a statement of support for continued funding of Planned Parenthood in the US. The letter was drafted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, signed by 95 civil and human rights organizations, and sent to the US Senate.
In April 2016, FAWCO signed on to a Response to the Report of the UN Secretary-General for the World Humanitarian Summit by the NGO Committee on Migration.
FAWCO signed two Statements by the NGO Committee on Migration: Providing Education and Care for Syria’s Littlest Refugees and preventing deaths in the Mediterranean Sea.
In December 2016, FAWCO together with the NGO Committee on Migration and the World Organization for Early Childhood Education co-sponsored a paper ON Migrant and Refugee Children as Protagonists of Development and Peace. The paper was presented at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Civil Society Space at the UN
In May 2016, FAWCO joined more than 230 NGOs in signing a letter to ECOSOC Member States, copied to the presidents of the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council and the UN Secretary-General, raising concerns about the use of ECOSOC procedural tactics intended to restrict NGO participation in the UN. The letter, originally drafted by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), was timed to coincide with the second 2016 session of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs at the UN Headquarters in New York, May-June 2016.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins each year on November 25 - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10 - Human Rights Day.
FAWCO's Human Rights Task Force promotes Member Club participation in the 16 Days campaign and offers ideas for how you can get involved in its Bulletins; see an example from 2015. You can also learn more about the 16 Days campaign on the UN Women Website.
Campaign for a Woman UN Secretary-General
FAWCO supported the Campaign for a Woman UN Secretary General. At the FAWCO Interim Meeting in March 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, over 60 FAWCO women signed a petition calling for the next UN SG to be a woman. We passed the petitions on to the Campaign's Chair to demonstrate our commitment to this important cause. Read more about it in Erica Higbie's article The Ultimate in Political Empowerment for Women.