FAWCO Conference Kicks Off in Dublin on March 21

FAWCO's (Federation of Women's Clubs Overseas) Interim Conference in Dublin, Ireland, begins March 21. American expat women will fly in from all over the globe to learn about issues facing Americans living abroad and to attend sessions with distinguished speakers, including Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. The Conference is presented by US Tax and Financial Services,

Dublin, Ireland - Over 200 members are expected to participate in FAWCO's (Federation of Women's Clubs Overseas) Interim Conference in Dublin, Ireland on March 21-24, 2012. Local and international speakers, including Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, will cover a variety of global and club-level issues. FAWCO has partnered with US Tax and Financial Services Group to present this year's conference. Delegates will take advantage of the group's long-term experience with cross-border individual, corporation and trust tax affairs in international tax systems. Conference attendees will also learn about a variety of other issues facing Americans living abroad as well as receive updates on FAWCO's global initiatives. 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 ( @ ) fawco2012, tweet using #fawco2012Broadcasts or find FAWCO on Facebook dot

FAWCO delegates will be welcomed on March 21 by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, current Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Dr. Mary Henry will speak on Women's Health in 2012 during the morning session of March 22. Dr. Henry is deeply committed to improving health care, especially for women, and to encouraging women doctors to continue their professional careers. President Michael D Higgins, the ninth and current President of Ireland, will be the keynote speaker in the morning session of March 22. President Higgins is a passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of FAWCO's ESOCOC status at the United Nations, Peggy Rigaud (American Women's Group Languedoc-Roussillon) will speak on FAWCO's history with the UN during the March 23 morning session. Ms. Rigaud was first vice-president of FAWCO from 1993-95, - when FAWCO realized that the time had come for the organization to emerge more clearly onto the world stage by becoming a "recognized" NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). The keynote speaker on the evening of March 22 will be Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland. Dr. Wallace's work has earned him an international reputation, due to his involvement in the largest Viking age urban excavations ever undertaken in western or northern Europe at Wood Quay.

A panel discussion entitled Stop the Violence - Ireland is scheduled for the morning of March 23, which will explore the causes and impacts of violence against women and children in Ireland. The panel will include Senator Ivana Bacik - Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin, a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, and a practicing barrister; Ms. Sarah Benson- Director, Ruhuma; Ms. Margaret Martin - Director of Women's Aid; Paula Mayock - Lecturer and a Senior Researcher, Trinity College Dublin; Ms. Susan McKay - award winning writer and journalist; Ms. Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, N.T., H.Dip. Ir. Folk., M.Litt, Dip. IGA (Lon.) - CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

A variety of workshops will also be available for delegate participation throughout the conference, including:
· Women in the 1911 Census - Ms. Catriona Crow, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland
· The Polysemic Role of the Curator - Dr. Barbara Dawson, Director of Hugh Lane Gallery
· A Suitcase Full of Words: Using Creative Writing to Chase Away Your Expat Blues - Ms. Robin Goldsby, American International Women's Club, Cologne
· No Excuses! Breaking down barriers that surround the education of learning-differently for people at home and abroad - Ms. Susan van Alsenoy, American Women's Club, Antwerp
· Americana - American culture for children with Ms. Elinor LeBaron, American Women's Club, Quatar
· Water: Ancient Culture, Sacred Rite and Women's Rights - Sarah Franklyn, co-founder of Natural Capital Services
· US Tax Workshop: The Life of An American Abroad - panel of representatives from US Tax & Financial Services

The conference's presenting sponsor is US Tax and Financial Services Group. Established more than 25 years ago, the group handles the cross-border individual, corporation and trust tax affairs for those subjected to the US, UK and international tax systems. They advise and prepare tax returns for a wide range of individual and corporate clients in over 32 countries. Visit www.ustaxonline.com for more information.

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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Amy Patrick, PR Manager
Federation of Women's Clubs Overseas
www.fawco.org
+44 7702 078010
pr ( @ ) fawco dot org

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