AWIU has sponsored more than 50 delegations to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand for over 45 years. We have been to every continent except Antarctica. Some of our delegations have broken new ground by being the first delegation of women to be permitted to enter a country. These milestones include our first delegation to Russia in 1968, our delegation to China in 1973 and Saudi Arabia in 2002. In 2009, the delegation to Libya marked another milestone – the first delegation of American women to visit there in 40 years.
The purpose of our delegations is to seek enhanced learning experiences about the countries we visit, while also seeking to, wherever we travel, foster an atmosphere that promotes understanding between the United States and that country. Delegation members often meet with political leaders, business leaders, leading women’s groups, non-profit organizations, and many others during their visits. Delegations have at times been inspired by the work of individual International Women of Courage honorees, whom we honor yearly in conjunction with the State Department in Washington, D.C. Our most recent delegation is the Burma/Myanmar Delegation.
Pictured below is one of our delegations on the Great Wall of China in 1973, only one year after the U.S. opened relations with China.
Delegations are limited to members. If you are not a member but are interested in learning more about our delegations or about joining one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming & Recent Delegations
To learn more about the Burma Delegation, visit the delegation page.
Read the full report on the Balkans Delegation at the Balkans Blog.
The 2009 delegation to Libya was the first delegation of American women to visit there in 40 years. Pictured above is the Libya Delegation in Tripoli. To view more photos of the delegation click here.
United States – Return visit of the All China Women’s Federation
Eastern Europe and the Baltic States
Eastern Europe (Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Austria)