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Chair: Sabashnee Govender (914/850-0195)  Email

Poughkeepsie AAUW
International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee brings us face to face with issues confronting women around the world, with the aim of dispelling our sense of “otherness." Respect and empathy arise naturally as we discover more about how women in other lands manage tough problems like scarcity, political conflict, and governmental and cultural oppression.  We have learned to reject images of helplessness, and to replace them with a deep regard for women’s creative, strategic, and highly effective solutions. A partnership forms.  This is our mission.

Join our committee.  You will be most welcomed!


Days for Girls

We recently began a project to address the lack of feminine hygiene products for girls who live in undeveloped countries and refugee camps.  Working with the “Days for Girls” organization, we make long-lasting sustainable feminine hygiene kits.  These kits will cut school absences (5-7 days/month) and in this way, reduce drop-outs and increase completion rates. Bimonthly work sessions take place at Vassar Hospital.

To give a contribute to assist with this project, click here:

Commission on the Statue of Women

Each March, our members travel as a group to the United Nations to attend a series of conferences mounted by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  We join other women from around the globe to consider, together, the issues we face, and the progress of solutions in the field or in various stages of development.

International Women's Day

Around the 8th of March, AAUW participates in a program that celebrates International Women’s Day, organized by the Women’s Leadership Alliance.  This is a fair with booths staffed by many local organizations, lectures, performances, and lots of networking

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2017

March 14, 2017

This event was canceled due to a major snow storm.

Snow in Poughkeepsie                                   Snow in New York City

Following is a document prepared by Geeta Desai, Poughkeepsie AAUW member and President of Graduate Women International, as background for delegates attending the UN CSW  meetings.  Our members will be attending the parallel sessions but this will give us a look at what will be going on "across the street" at the UN and what went into the organization of the CSW61 meetings.

Preparatory Information on UN CSW>>

International Women's Day

March 8, 2017
Dutchess Community College

B. Harrel, M. DeWald, S. Govender, M. Nijhuis, D. Kelly at the AAUW table

M. DeWald tries a vendor              Poet Gold joins AAUW members
                                        C. McGill, D. Kelly,and C. Dino-Durkin


Past Events>>


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