The United Federation for Middle East Peace (UFMEP) is a non-profit, organization, which promotes the United Nations commitment to international peace, security and justice through educational programs, public relations and community outreach initiatives. UFMEP works to provide Americans and Europeans with information about the Middle East including its history, religions, cultures and political landscape. The goal is to promote understanding of Middle Eastern culture through seminars, workshops, roundtables, and public forums. We have established networks and liaison offices in other regions of the world to help raise awareness on issues concerning peace in the Middle East; utilizing the latest methods in information technology.
March 13, 2013 The United States Federation for Middle Eastern Peace (USFMEP) hosted a panel of female judges to discuss this immensely important topic that focuses on laws that encourage violence against women and girls that seek to break the restrictive mold, and achieve equality amongst men in the culture. Hosted by Salwa Kader, founder and president of USFMEP, panelists included: Honorable Elizabeth Lamb, immigration judge from the United States; Honorable Helene Iskandar, criminal court judge from Lebanon; Honorable Cathy H. Serrette, judicial circuit court judge from Maryland; Honorable Doris Pechkurow, Pennsylvannia Court of Common Pleas judge; Professor Diane Rosenfeld, lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program, Harvard Law School; and Dr. Burcu K. Oguzturk, Professor at Istanbul University Law School
March 1, 2012 – USFMEP hosted its annual inter-faith dialogue between Jewish, Muslim and Christian women. USFMEP believes that it is fundamental to bring together women of different faiths to facilitate understanding and tolerance among the varied faiths of the world, as women play a key role in the fight toward harmony and peaceful existence. During the course of this event, the women discussed their visions on how to eradicate religious intolerance and discrimination; two of the main sources of religious violence. Dialogue is crucial in strengthening relations and building acceptance, thereby preventing violent uprising among religious groups.
February 29, 2012 – Human trafficking has been deemed modern-day slavery and has emerged as one of the world’s most expansive and enigmatic global phenomena of the 21st century. It has been referred to as a “Shared Global Shame” since it affects all nations and has yet to be stopped despite aggressive international efforts. As international awareness of this issue has increased, efforts by both the governmental and non-governmental sectors have mounted. This panel discussion examined all forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labor and explored the lessons learned as the world continues to move forward in its fight against human trafficking.
February 27, 2012 – Today, women share the center stage with men in the Arab Spring. As dictators toppled and new governments were established, women made themselves the focal point of turbulent yet revolutionary times. With new constitutions and cultural shifts under way in the Middle East, the question has turned to the role of women in these new societies. Where do they fit within the reconstructed political structures of society? How do they participate as equals? This panel articulated the vision of Arab women as well as the initiatives necessary to achieve equal participation among men and women in the Arab world.
April 25, 2012 – U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace (“UFMEP”) hosted, for the second time, a Model United Nations event for students from the world-renowned Montessori schools in the UN Headquarters in New York City. The Montessori schools have
The event, hosted by UFMEP President Salwa Kader, was a great success and brought together over 2,000 people from countries all around the world including the United States, Canada, Chile, Norway, Nigeria, China, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Pakistan, and the Virgin Islands.
As an organization working towards youth empowerment, USFMEP believes that we should educate the youth since they are our future leaders and our hope for a peaceful world. We hope that investments in youth education will benefit future generations in pursuit of this goal.