AWA Vienna was one of the founding members of FAWCO – the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas.
In 1931, Caroline Curtis Brown, the then President of the American Women's Club of London, called together representatives from American women's groups in Antwerp, Berlin, The Hague, London, Paris, Vienna and Zurich to create the Federation of American Women’s Clubs in Europe.
The motivation behind forming independent clubs into a federation was Brown's conviction that enlightened women, working co-operatively throughout the world, could do much to help achieve international peace. Its objectives were to "work towards international goodwill and the preservation of world peace, to help one another solve problems common to them all and to help women whose citizenship rights were being ignored or restricted."
The first conference was held in Berlin in 1932. The 1933 conference was held in Vienna.
Today, FAWCO has over 60 member clubs stretching across six continents, from Norway to Angola, and from Canada to Australia. The issues that led to its creation continue to be addressed through FAWCO's activities as a UN-accredited NGO; dissemination of information on education, US citizenship, living and working abroad; support for programs that empower women in developing countries; and environmental protection projects.
FAWCO is an international federation of independent organizations whose mission is
- to build strong support networks for its American and international membership;
- to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;
- to advocate for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; and
- to mobilize the skills of its membership in support of global initiatives for education, the environment, health and human rights.
You can register on FAWCO's website and subscribe to the FAWCO publications that interest you, to stay up to date with this dynamic group of international women around the world. Come to the next FAWCO Regional Meeting or Conference to catch FAWCO Fever!