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International Relations Committee

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


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.

Poughkeepsie AAUW International Committee has three projects/events that they participate in/sponsor.

Days for Girls

Work sessions: 4th Saturday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

In June 2017, we began a project to address the lack of feminine hygiene products for girls who live in developing 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.  Monthly work sessions take place at Boardman Road Library.

In February 2018, 25 kits were completed for the Vassar Haiti Project.



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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