News from the Biennial Conference 2015 Rome
Daily reports from the Conference in Rome were received from Mary Stewart Burgher and are shown below. In these reports you can read about the interesting programs and activities that the 3-strong AWC Denmark delegation has been participating in. The “Three Musketeers” are FAWCO rep. Mary Stewart Burgher, Club President Clarice Scott and member Terri Knudsen.
Day 1. Shoulders to the Wheel in Rome
The weather was great yesterday, not that any of us left the hotel during the sessions. Yesterday we heard a really inspiring keynote speech from Linda Douglass, a journalist and wife of the U.S. ambassador to Italy, on the depressing statistics on violence against women and the impressive actions being taken against it.
Workshops started yesterday, and of course I'm going to the sessions for FAWCO officers, where we share experience and best practices. (People are very impressed to hear about our AWC Denmark tax committee.) with Lucy Laederich and the citizenship and tax & banking committee chairs, I sat at the U.S. Issues table at "Face2Face", where all the FAWCO committees and groups answer questions or discuss issues with individual Conference participants.
And I finally cast our Club's vote on the Development Grants to be awarded on Saturday. Fingers crossed for the projects we supported: sending refugee Syrian and Iraqi children to school, the uniform project in South Africa, support for children with cancer inGreece, Aziza's coffee business for women inCambodia and the Rome club's project to teach tailoring skills to poor women in Florence! Attached is the Conference newsletter for Day One. Tonight we have the big fundraising evening for the FAWCO Foundation.
Day 2. Hitting our Stride in Rome
Friday was a typically FAWCO blend of work and fun. US Liaison Lucy Laederich called a meeting of members interested in US issues, over breakfast, so we started at 7:45! After a nice discussion (and breakfast) we charged into the main session for reports on on our Target Program.
news: FAWCO clubs have raised more than $75,000 for Free the Girls, our
project to help women who have escaped from human trafficking start
businesses and re-enter society. Then we listened to inspiring keynote
addresses from Dr Moez David, head of UN Women, and Cindy McCain,
philanthropist and wife of US Senator John McCain, about the measures needed
After a short break for R&R, it was time for Foundation
Night, a typically FAWCO combo of fun and fundraising. An astonishing number
of women actually followed the instructions and came in costume as women
they admired. I came as 16 women: the nominees to replace Andrew Jackson on
the US 20-dollar bill (cast your vote here: www.womenon20s.org). The
dinner, costume prize and dancing served as cover for the fundraising
through silent and live auctions. I'll send you the totals as soon as
they're announced. They threw us out of the ballroom at 11:30 ... And
today's session started at 9:30. I'm hoping to leave the hotel for a walk
Day 3. Rome Conference: FAWCO WinsThe conference ended in a blaze of achievement: scholarships handed out and development grants awarded. Our AWC delegates were glad to see our own Alex Nielsen (son of Holly) among last year's scholarship winners. Amid all the awards we also elected new boards for both FAWCO and its Foundation. Recordings and photos of the Conference are posted on the FAWCO website (www.fawco.org). Just click on the Conference logo. Thanks for listening. Vi ses. MSB