Preparation for the Conference for the Status of Women (CSW) of 2005


April 15th, 2004,
Federation President, Sally Kader, visited various Egyptian women’s organizations to discuss the roles of women toward building peace. The involvement of women in conflict resolution is one of the Federation’s core objectives. Participants also discussed the elevation of women’s status in Middle Eastern societies and how to increase awareness on local and global level. Mrs. Kader, participated in the caucuses held at the United Nations for Women in Islam. She formulated action plans for representatives of Islamic countries which attended these caucuses in preparation for the Conference for Status of Women (CSW) of 2005


April 30, 2005 – USFMEP President was the feature speaker this year at the Annual Conference for the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPC-NJ), a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of progressive women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women. The WPC-NJ is an affiliate of the National Women’s Political Caucus. With an introduction by Candace Straight, Barbara Sussman Goldberg was sworn in as the new State President. The conference also honored former New Jersey Secretary of State Regina Thomas and well known Republican attorney, Christine Bator.

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March 22, 2005 – USFMEP President, Sally Kader lectured on “Women’s Issues in the Middle East” to the United Nations Association of New York’s Young Professionals for International Cooperation, a nonpartisan, national network of professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 that works to promote effective U.S. involvement in international affairs and in the United Nations. The UNA-NY YPIC is an affiliate of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).

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March 8, 2005 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW2005) – “The Rights of Muslim Women: Islam and Tradition.” The panel moderated by the US Federation President included the following speakers: Mrs. Mona Mikhail, author and professor of Arabic Literature and Women’s Studies at New York University. She lectures, and publishes extensively on Arabic Literature as well as the role and status of women in Arab societies. Her most recent book “Seen and Heard; A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture” Interlink 2004, was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, The American Library Association Journal for 2005. Following Mrs. Mikhail was Dr. Nahid Mozaffari, editor of the PEN Anthology of Contemporary Persian Literature. She has taught Middle Eastern history at the New School in New York, and at Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She received her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. Nahid recently published the book, “Strange Times, My Dear.” Much covered in news worldwide, this book is known as the, “The book over which Arcade Publishing sued the U.S. Government.” After defeating unconstitutional US censorship, the book launched in the United States making history, and showcasing the developments in Iranian literature over the past quarter-century. Mrs. Safiyya Sarkin, a representative of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, an NGO at United Nations.

March 4, 2005 – During the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW2005) the US Federation Moderated the panel titled, “Women in Islam: East Meets West.” Speakers included: From Casablanca , Morocco, Mrs. Najat Ikhich of the Ytto Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to housing and rehabilitating women victims of violence. Mrs. Suad M. Marafie, a senior Aerobioligst and social activist with the Kuwaiti Women Voluntary Society for Humanity. Mrs. Hadil El-Kholy represented CELWA of Cairo, Egypt. The feature speaker for the panel was Dr. Saeeda Malik, Minister of Women Development and Social Welfare from the government of Karachi, Pakistan. She is also a Medical Surgeon.

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October 14th, 2004, The Federation organized a Peace March in Taba, Egypt, after the bombing of a Red Sea resort which killed several Egyptians and Israelis. We invited the Vatican Ambassador and other Arab ambassadors, the UN Representative, and various Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders to participate in this march as an act of denunciation of all forms of terrorism.

October 8th, 2004, Federation President, Sally Kader, met with Lebanese women’s organizations to discuss women’s social issues in Lebanon. The women’s organizations held charity events to benefit orphanages throughout Lebanon.

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October 2nd, 2004, The U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace, in collaboration with the International Muslim Youth Organization, hosted The International Peace Forum in conjunction with United Nations International Peace Day. The conference was held in Cairo, Egypt, with the cooperation from the Egyptian government. The conference was attended by a representative of President Mubarak’s First Advisor, Dr. Al-Baz, UN Representative, Dizan Durani, the Under Secretary General for the Arab League – ambassadors and diplomats from over 80 countries Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the Grand Mufti (Islamic Judge) al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, a Christian Coptic leader, representatives of the Pope from the Vatican, presidents of major Egyptian universities, the president of the Middle East Lawyers Association, and the Egyptian National Council for Women, which is headed by Mrs. Suzan Mubarak, the Egyptian First Lady. Federation President, Sally Kader initiated discussions with the participants of the conference on ways to overcome the lack of trust and understanding between the cultures involved in conflicts in the Middle East. Through these discussions, participants helped formulate principles for lasting peace and outline actions to develop collective attitudes toward peace.

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عقد المنتدى العالمي للسلام الذي تعقده لأول مرة جمعيات الشبان المسلمين العالمية بالتعاون مع الإتحاد الفيدرالي الأمريكي لسلام الشرق الأوسط والعديد من هيئات المجتمع المدني وحضره العديد من السادة الوزراء وسفراء الدول العربية والأجنبية وعلماء الدين الإسلامي والمسيحي والأمين العام المساعد لجامعة الدول العربية ومندوب الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة وأساتذة الجامعات والشخصيات العامة وحشد كبير من أبناء مصر وممثلين لشباب العالم لأكثر من مائة دولة وبحضور وفد الإتحاد الفيدرالي الأمريكي لسلام الشرق الأوسط الذي حضر خصيصاً من نيويورك للمشاركة في فاعليات هذا المنتدى الهام في محاولة للدعوة إلى وقف العنف ومناشدة المجتمع الدولي ووقف الحروب والعمل على عدم التدخل في شئون الدول لما يؤديه ذلك من عدم استقرار وقلاقل في مناطق عديدة من دول العالم وقد دعا المنتدى في بيانه إلى تفعيل جهود السلام في المنطقة والعمل على التصدي لكل ما من شأنه تهديد السلام والأمن العالمي كما ناشد المجتمع الدول بضرورة تعضيد وتفعيل دور الأمم المتحدة في منع النزاعات والصراعات وتبنى مبادرات السلام العالمية والإقليمية .

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April 15th, 2004, Federation President, Sally Kader, visited various Egyptian women’s organizations to discuss the roles of women toward building peace. The involvement of women in conflict resolution is one of the Federation’s core objectives. Participants also discussed the elevation of women’s status in Middle Eastern societies and how to increase awareness on local and global level. Mrs. Kader, participated in the caucuses held at the United Nations for Women in Islam. She formulated action plans for representatives of Islamic countries which attended these caucuses in preparation for the Conference for Status of Women (CSW) of 2005

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