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LATEST NEWS (as of march 27, 2023)

UPCOMING FAWCO EVENTS– open to AWC Berlin members – contact president@fawco.org if you would like more information:

*FAWCO YOUTH CULTURAL VOLUNTEERS 2023 will take place April 8-15, 2023 in Zurich, Switzerland hosted by the AWC Zurich. The Cultural Volunteers module of FAWCO’s Youth Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among FAWCO youths. FAWCO teens (in high school, aged 15 – 19) are hosted by FAWCO families for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities. Registration for 2023 is closed, contact fawcoyouth@fawco.org if you are interested in future programs.

*April 24: Celebrate with a FAWCO Workshop – Why Self-Confidence Matters in Your Life — virtual meeting. What is self-confidence and why does it matter in your life? Join us on this fascinating journey, where we will unearth the faulty programming that causes a lack of self-confidence in many women. We also look at pervading social attitudes about women and explore how some extraordinary women in history changed the world, despite resistance and gender bias! Finally, you will get some tips on what actions YOU can take to increase your own self-confidence. Contact clubworkshops@fawco.org to register.

*Apr 27: Global Issues Book Discussion hosted by the Environment Team — virtual meeting. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah is the book for this meeting. We’ll explore the environmental themes raised in the book as well as explore all the global issues and their intersectionality. Please register in advance for this meeting: When:Thursday, April 27 at  6:30 PM CET Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufuisrzIsHtC-dUYXFk8RU4865b89bfJO.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Hollie, from the Education Team reviewed the book here in this article.

*May 12-14: FAUSA Lunafest 2023 – virtual film festival benefiting the FAWCO Environment Target Project. This year’s films are a 95-minute mix of narrative, animated and documentary films, tackling universal themes of friendship, bravery and community, while also breaking down barriers and celebrating the importance of finding joy. Learn about the new films by reading a description and viewing the trailer for the new season. For any questions, contact Therese Hartwell at : counselor_therese@fausa.org.


*THE FAWCO BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2023 took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on March 23-26, 2023, hosted by the AWA Vienna and IWC Bratislava. There were 140 attendees from 33 clubs from all regions except Region 10 (Asia/Pacific). The AWC Berlin delegation was seven-member strong: from left, Annamaria Thal, Jennifer Post Draeger, Ann Marie Fred, Shweta Gupta (FAWCO Board Secretary), Hollis Vaughen (FAWCO Inspiring Women magazine Marketing Manager), My-Linh Kunst (FAWCO Counselor, FAWCO Youth Program Co-Chair), & Angelika McLarren (FAWCO Region 5 Coordinator).  Click here for FULL REPORT.

*AWC Berlin member Suzy Nguyen won the FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award! Suzy plans to use the award to study gouache illustration as she works toward her goal of writing and illustrating a children’s book to tell the story of her childhood in Vietnam – with a planned release by 2025, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Congratulations Suzy! We’re inspired by this vision and look forward to cheering you on all the way. 

*The new Target Project 2023-2026 focusing on The Environment was revealed as Awesome Blossoms, a hydroponic farm project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Awesome Blossoms is a project of Safe Spaces, an organization created by Peninah Nthenya Musyimi. Eager FAWCO clubs have already donated over $26,000, and a generous donor, Clydette de Groot, has offered a $10,000 matching grant! 

* Closure of Target Project, Health 2019-2022  “Promoting Well-Being and Healthy Lives for Women and Girls”. FAWCO clubs and members together raised $170,000  for S.A.F.E (Safe Alternatives for Female Genital Mutilation Elimination) with AWC Berlin contributing $6086, placing us among the Aquamarine Donors on The FAWCO Foundation Club Donor Wall.

*Inspiring Women – February 2023: AWC Berlin member Claudia Tessier is featured in this issue (page 58) of FAWCO’s Inspiring Women Magazine on Evolving to Maturity: Fierce, Fabulous, Fun. Also My-Linh Kunst’s dedication to her mother is on page 44. *Did you know you can sign up to receive Inspiring Women directly to your email inbox? If you are interested in receiving this publication, or any FAWCO publications, sign up!