FAWCO Celebrates International Women's Day with the Join Me on the Bridge Campaign on March 8

Top Quote During this week's biennial conference in Bern, FAWCO members will participate in Women for Women International's Join Me on the Bridge campaign - a global act of solidarity bringing awareness to violence against women in war-torn countries. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 04, 2013 - Friday, March 8, is International Women's Day and participants at FAWCO's biennial conference will celebrate by participating in Women For Women International's Join Me on the Bridge campaign, Over the Aare on the Kornhausbrücke, at noon, in Bern. This global act of solidarity was created to bring awareness to violence against women in war-torn countries.

    It all began in 2010 when the Country Directors of Women for Women's programs in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo had an idea that became the impetus for this global campaign. These two countries have been torn apart by the worst atrocities of war that the world has seen in recent years, including the commonplace rape and torture of women as a weapon of war. In 2010, women from opposing sides of war in these communities came together on a bridge adjoining the two countries. These women met to say "No" to war and "Yes" to peace and to show that they could build bridges of hope for the future. In its first year over 20,000 people took part with 119 events in 19 countries. (www.womenforwomen.org)

    Other conference activities to highlight International Women's Day include a morning address from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Betty E. King and an afternoon panel discussion entitled Moving Mountains - Women and Politics: Switzerland. The panel will be comprised of four women, all of whom are national-level, Swiss politicians - Claudine Esseiva ,General Secretary of the FDP Women Switzerland, and National Council Members Margret Kiener Nellen, Christa Markwalder, and Barbara Schmid-Federer. Fritz Reimann, TV-Journalist at SRF Swiss Radio and Television, will serve as the moderator. Many empowering workshops will also be held throughout Friday on topics such as active aging, maternal health, climate change, local club strategies and repatriation.

    Over 150 members are expected to participate in FAWCO's (Federation of Women's Clubs Overseas) Biennial Conference in Bern, Switzerland on March 6-10, 2013. Prominent speakers will cover a variety of issues facing Americans living abroad. Conference attendees will also be briefed on FAWCO's U.S. initiatives, including the legislation and enforcement of FATCA/FBAR, the question of American citizenship, and overseas voting rights. Updates will be given on FAWCO's global projects and attendees will have the chance to participate in educational workshops. The 15,000 FAWCO members not attending the conference may view videos of sessions and speeches online via the FAWCO YouTube channel. Photos and newsletters will be posted daily, as well as PDF copies of presentations and handouts. Anyone can follow FAWCO on Twitter at ( @ ) fawco, join the conference conversation using #fawco2013 or find FAWCO on Facebook dot The full conference agenda as well as speaker biographies are available at www dot fawco dot org dot

    FAWCO has partnered with an outstanding group of sponsors to present this year's conference, including Emmi Group, Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors, Highmount, US Tax and Financial Services Group, Victorinox, Vonage, International Herald Tribune, Presence Switzerland, Gerda Spillmann Swiss Cosmetics, The Hess Collection and Clements Worldwide. Other conference sponsors include Crown Relocations, Swatch, Traser Watch, Loeb Department Store, International Herald Tribune, Bern Tourism and ABC Art and Greeting Cards.

    Founded in 1931, FAWCO is a global network of independent volunteer clubs and associations. There are more than 75 member clubs in 40 countries, with a total membership in excess of 15,000. FAWCO serves as a resource and channel of information for its members, promotes the rights of U.S. citizens living overseas and contributes to the global community through philanthropy and global issues task forces. A not-for-profit New York-based corporation, we are also a UN-accredited NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council. The philanthropic arm of FAWCO - The FAWCO Foundation - is an independent entity, which has donated more than $1,000,000 in education awards and development grants since its inception in 1967.

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