2009 Woman of the Year Humanitarian Award

The United States Federation for Middle East Peace was pleased to honor Mrs. Mounira El Solhi with the “2009 Woman of the Year Humanitarian Award” for her outstanding contributions for the fight for peace and empowerment of women in Lebanon and around the world. Mrs. Mounira El Solhi was a pioneer advocate for women rights and people with disabilities. She was also a humanitarian with decades of humanitarian and charity work and the examples are numerous. Mrs. El Solhi was born on September 19th, 1911, and was also one of the first women in Lebanon and the Middle East to run for seat in the political scene in Lebanon. She ran for a seat in the Lebanese Parliament in 1960, 1964, and 1968. She was also one of the prominent female leaders of the demonstrations that led Lebanon to gain its independence in 1943. She was one of the earliest women to attend university in Lebanon and the Arab World. Mounira Solhi graduated from the Lebanese American University in 1933.  Mrs. Mounira El Solhi founded Al-Amal institute for the disabled in 1959, being the first center of such a kind in Lebanon and the Arab world. Mrs. Mounira has also received several medals and rewards as the Gold Clover from President Nixon in 1971 and the 1972 award from President Nixon for her achievements on the President’s committee on Employment, among others. Mounira Solh was also the vice-president of the Lebanese Council of Women and a life member of the International Council of Women. Fortunately, the USFMEP had the opportunity to collaborate with such a great world peace fighter and supporter to promote woman rights and values in the whole world.

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Laws on Violence Against Women and Girls

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

Women are mirrored in Each Other: An Interfaith Dialogue

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.

Arab Spring: Voices of Women

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.