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International Affairs Resources

Gabriela Hoover
NYS International Affairs Director

The work that AAUW does on behalf of women and girls around the world falls under the "International Affairs" category.


Dear Colleagues,

The latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics show that there were still 57 million children out of school globally in 2011, many of whom are girls. Why is this happening and what more can we do?  

UNGEI Global Advisory Committee members and partners met in New York earlier this year to discuss the future of the UN Girls' Education Initiative as we countdown towards the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. We took this opportunity to get their thoughts as well as a special youth perspective on how to address these issues.

Watch this new video from UNGEI to find out more! We encourage you to share this with your contacts as well.

UNGEI Secretariat

Mark Your Calendars!
There are many diverse and creative ways to honor and support the work done globally which advances AAUW’s mission. Here are some ideas to get you started planning a year’s worth of advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy!
Happy to receive additional ideas and suggestions!









Violence Against Women Awareness Month

Visit National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
(www.nrcdv.org) for awareness campaign ideas


Day of Unity



International Day of the Girl Child

Theme: “Innovating for Girls’ Education” Read about it at www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/


UN Day

For Background and Resources about the UN and its programs visit www.un.org/en/events/unday/resources.shtml

As a preview to our joint read of “Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way” (coming in January) and celebration of UN Day you may wish to read “Women in Power at the UN: Stories to Inspire” by Avril David and Shana Sung.


Universal Children’s Day

Visit http://www.globaleducationfirst.org/ to learn more (or become re-ignited) about Ban Ki Moon’s Education First initiative. Get involved.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This day begins “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” Visit Amnesty International’s website: http://www.amnesty.org/en/womens-rights/16-days and stay tuned for ideas on letter writing campaigns AAUW-NYS can launch to make a difference.



World AIDS Day

“Getting To Zero” (by 2015) is the continuing theme for World AIDS Day. Visit http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/
for information on how HIV/AIDS affects  women and children.


Human Rights Day

Review of 2013 Human Rights Day events – for inspiration visit:


CTAUN (Committee on Teaching About the UN) Conference
UN Headquarters, NYC

Theme: “THE UNITED NATIONS AT 70 Making a Difference” Details at www.ctaun.org

Register at:

Also see the summary here.



V-Day “Rise for Justice”

One Billion Rising (Eve Ensler) invites women across the globe to “Rise for Justice” for all survivors of gender violence. Keep visiting http://www.onebillionrising.org for events in your area where you can “Rise, Release, and Dance”



International Women’s Day

“Put Your Heart in Action” – start planning now for “Women’s Day Live” to celebrate the anniversary of International Women’s Day
http://womensdaylive.com/ and http://onedayunite.org

See the “Letters to the Future and Reflections on the Past” Program in a Box, created by the International and Cultural Interests AAUW-NYS directors.


Commission on the Status of Women
(CSW 59)

See information on CSW 58 (2014) at http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014.



AAUW-NYS Convention
Byblos Resort and Spa, Grand Island, NY

Plan to come, listen, learn, and enjoy.


Did you know about "Activism 101"? Click here for a list (with trailers) of sixteen films about violence against women.

AND - a second Program in a Box has now been published. “Connecting with Afghan Women and Girls Though Their Writing and Poetry” is an AAUW NYS Program in a Box developed in cooperation with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP). AWWP is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping women and girls in Afghanistan tell their own stories and strengthen their writing and other communication skills. This PIAB helps groups plan an event to share the Afghan women and girls’ stories with a wider audience and develop global connections. The materials include planning steps, resources, factsheets, and more.