AAWE members are automatically part of FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas), the oldest and largest civilian organization of overseas Americans. AAWE members can participate in programs and activities offered by FAWCO and have access to a vast array of resources resulting from their impressive work.

Founded in 1931 by Caroline Curtis Brown, FAWCO is a global women’s NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations comprising 65 member clubs in 34 countries worldwide, with a total membership of around 12,000. FAWCO’s founders believed that enlightened women, working cooperatively throughout the world, could do much to help achieve international peace. Today, FAWCO

  • serves as a resource and a voice for its American and international members;
  • seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;
  • advocates for the rights of US citizens overseas;
  • contributes to the global community through its Global Issues Teams and The FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards.

Since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

US Issues

If you are an American living overseas you may have many questions about your rights and responsibilities. FAWCO’s US Issues Committees serve as a valuable resource to assist you with US Citizenship, Tax and Banking, Voting from Overseas, and to work for more effective representation in Washington. In fact, did you know that FAWCO was instrumental in the creation of the Americans Abroad Caucus? Learn more by clicking on http://www.fawcofoundation.org/our-programs/overview.html.

Global Issues

Resolution #2 of FAWCO's Resolutions and Recommendations for 2017-2019 establishes 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 Education Team informs FAWCO members about recent developments in the global effort to achieve universal primary education, especially related to issues in education for girls.
  • The Environment Team informs members about global environmental issues including air, soil and water pollution, species extinction, energy efficiency, conservation, waste reduction, and climate change.
  • The Health Issues Team provides information related to women's health and aging. Since 2014, Clubs in Motion has tracked FAWCO clubs’ collective running, walking and hiking activities.
  • The Human Rights Team keeps members aware of new developments having an impact on women’s rights, including United Nations updates, and engages FAWCO member clubs in awareness and action campaigns.

Target Program

At the FAWCO Interim Meeting in Frankfurt, Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2016-2019. Hope Beyond Displacement, an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project in Amman, Jordan, was chosen as the Target Project in April 2017. https://www.fawco.org/global-issues/target-program/education/target-project


FAWCO offers regular education awards to members through its philanthropic arm, The FAWCO Foundation, and to the children or grandchildren of members. (Would your kids like to study or spend a summer at camp in the US? Would you like funding to learn a new skill?) For more information, see http://www.fawcofoundation.org/our-programs/overview.html

Join us!

FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation proudly presented our first Symposium open to FAWCO Member Clubs/FAUSA as well as to the general public on October 8-9, 2016.

The theme was STAND UP Against Human Trafficking by becoming an "everyday hero."

The Symposium included multimedia presentations; personal accounts of rescue and recovery; strategy and tools used by anti-trafficking organizations, a networking forum, and interactive audience discussions. The Symposium facilitated a candid exchange of views and information, insights, solutions and practical toolkits for participants


The theme for the 2017 16 Days Campaign will be "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!"

The campaign theme "recognizes the dire situation for millions of girls and boys, and young women and men, whose universal human right to education is daily impacted or cut short due to violence, lack of resources, and discrimination", fitting right in with the topic of the new Target Project. The Campaign takes place over 16 days: November 25 to December 10, 2017. Watch for an announcement from the Human Rights and Education Task Forces and the Target Program on suggested activities for your club, so that you can start planning soon.


FAWCO Conference

FAWCO Annual General Meetings take place at Biennial Conferences in odd-numbered years and at Interim Meetings in...

Human Rights Task Force

The theme for the 2017 16 Days Campaign will be "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for...

Symposium - STAND UP Against Human Trafficking

FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation proudly presented our first Symposium open to FAWCO Member Clubs/FAUSA as well as to...
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