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             International Relations Committee

                                              Chair: Marticia Madory 845/471-8577


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 replace them with a deep regard for women’s creative, strategic, and highly effective solutions.  A partnership forms.  This is our mission.

Plans for 2018 - 19

The International Relations Committee will have a new theme this year:

 “International in Our Own Backyard”

We will be making an effort to identify the international facets of our local community – including  foreign students and faculty, immigrants – both experienced and recent arrivals and refugees, diplomatic and consular staff with homes in our communities, foreign employees of local corporations and institutions – and form personal relationships with the women among them.  We will examine the ethical, religious, and ethnic aspects of our differences, as well as our similarities, with a goal of achieving tolerance, understanding, and compassion.  And we will share our cultures – our food, our music, our literature, our crafts – as a way of expanding all of our horizons.

We will also reach out to other local organizations that can provide rich resources for these examinations, such as the Dutchess County Interfaith Council, the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission, the Dutchess County Women’s Leadership Alliance, and the Dutchess County World Affairs Council.  For example, AAUW members will participate in events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, which was shepherded to adoption at the United Nations General Assembly by Dutchess County’s own Eleanor Roosevelt.  One of those events will be the International Human Rights Day, December 10, the day of adoption.

The month of March will be a particularly busy one for AAUW members with international interests, when they will observe International Women’s Day locally, and also attend a series of conferences produced by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in Manhattan.

Join us and help make these activities meaningful experiences for all who participate.

Poughkeepsie AAUW International Committee has two outside events in which they participate.

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

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 across 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

Also in March, AAUW participates in a program that celebrates International Women’s Day, organized by the Women’s Leadership Alliance.  This celebration takes different forms from a walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson, to is a fair with booths staffed by many local organizations, lectures, performances, and lots of networking! In 2018 the Women’s Leadership Alliance organized a bus trip to NYC with private tour of New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History.  The day also included guest speakers and a viewing of “We Rise,” a film narrated by Meryl Streep that puts women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century.

International Women's Day 2017

On March 8, 2017, International Women's Day was celebrated with a fair at Dutchess Community College where booths were staffed by many local organizations, lectures were given, performances were enjoyed, and lots of networking was done! 


Top: Poet Gold, C. McGill, D. Kelly, C. Durkin, M. DeWald,  Bottom: B. Harrel, M. DeWald, S. Govender, M. Nijhuis, D. Kelly

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2017

Plans were made for Poughkeepsie to attend CSW on March 14, 2017 however the weather had a different idea with snow in NYC (left) and snow in Poughkeepsie (right).



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