Geneva, Switzerland, 21 Nov. 2017 -  UPF Representatives attended and supported the 2017 International Charity Bazaar organized every year in Geneva by the United Nations Women's Guild. Mrs Bilqueece Alimohamed, member of the organizing committee invited the Vice-President of UPF Switzerland, Michel Reymond, to attend and make a retrospective video of their main annual event: The International Charity Bazaar is an effort to support major fundraiser for projects benefiting disadvantaged children across the globe.

During one day, the United Nations Palace in Geneva is transformed into a giant exhibition fair where 60 nations (selected every year by lottery among the 193 UN member states) have the chance to display their national colors with their typical food and product, allowing the 6,000 expected visitors to taste and buy local products from all over the world, as well as participating in the UNWG Bric-à-brac, Charity Lottery, Christmas gift exchange, etc., in an effort to raise funds for projects benefiting disadvantaged children across the globe. In 2016, around CHF 300’000.- were collected during the Bazaar day of the UNWG. The photos and video the rich intercultural and international experience that is created when the world meets in one place during a single day, an amazing experience made possible in Geneva.

Below is additional information on the United Nations Women's Guild (En français: Le Cercle Féminin des Nations Unies CFNU) and can be found on their website: www.unwg.ch.

The UNWG was founded in 1970 as a non-profit organization, but it’s existence can be traced back to 1930 during the League of Nations). In accordance with the principles of the United Nation’s Charter, it aims to foster friendship and understanding amongst women of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

The Guild also offers support to newcomers in Geneva and raises funds for the benefit of vulnerable children throughout the world. The Guild offers a variety of monthly and weekly activities on a voluntary basis, from language classes and skills training to Help Line, cultural exchange, fundraising, sports and leisure groups, as well as organizing special events.

Our language classes include French, English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Artistic work is covered through painting and drawing, quilting, handicrafts and jewellery making. All-year-round leisure activities include hiking, fitness training, walking, mah jong, bridge, cooking, book club, image consulting, cinema club and cultural visits.

The Monthly Meetings serve as the Guild's discussion forum where different issues of interest are presented by members or invited guests.

The Coffee Morning, where all the members can meet, is scheduled every first Tuesday of the month and hosted by spouses of permanent missions or special interest groups within the Guild.

Our Special Events program varies throughout the year from art and craft exhibitions, annual bridge tournament, annual luncheon, cultural evenings and the Children’s Walk.

The major event and calendar highlight, however, is the UNWG International Charity Bazaar, held every year in November at the Palais des Nations. This important event is our major fundraiser for projects benefiting disadvantaged children across the globe.

We all have our potential: the UNWG is a platform for all members to come out and share their talents and abilities with other members.

The United Nations Women's Guild is an organization where international friendship and understanding continually grows; where women from more than a hundred countries share opportunities for recreation, learning and voluntary service; where fundraising activities to assist needy children are a primary goal.

The Guild welcomes and offers help to new arrivals to the United Nations community in Geneva and gives guidelines on the status of United Nations spouses for employment and pensions.

More information: unwg.ch

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