AAWE members are automatically part of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas

FAWCO is a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations representing private-sector American citizens overseas.


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 Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), 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.

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 and Global Issues

U.S. Issues

If you are an American living overseas you may have many questions about your rights and responsibilities. FAWCO’s U.S. Issues Committees serve as a valuable resource to assist you with U.S. citizenship, tax and banking, voting from overseas, and to work for more effective representation in Washington, D.C. In fact, did you know that FAWCO was instrumental in the creation of the Americans Abroad Caucus?

Global Issues

FAWCO is proud to be a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a status supported by the work of our Global Issues Teams.

FAWCO’s Resolutions and Recommendations for 2019 – 2021 establish our commitment to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of education, the environment, health and human rights. Learn More

FAWCO News and Events

Please visit www.fawco.org/about/events to see a list of their upcoming events.

Education Awards

The FAWCO Foundation Education Awards Program was created by and for FAWCO and FAUSA members.  The cornerstones of the program are the importance of fostering peace through knowledge and the belief that education is essential to developing peace-loving attitudes in children. The FAWCO Foundation seeks to promote international understanding and goodwill by offering these annual awards for study in the U.S. or abroad at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels.  The Program rewards and honors academic excellence and the all-around achievements of our members and their families.

Since the program’s inception in 1972, FAWCO members and their families from around the globe have benefited from the Education Awards.  Each year, The Foundation adjusts the program to address the changing needs of members and their children.