Implementing MDG One: Reconciliation through Empowerment of Rural Women

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February 28, 2012 – Reconciliation serves as a vital tool, to encourage the empowerment of rural women and help strengthen their role in society.  By incorporating poor communities into existing social and political structures, rural women can reduce their dependency and manipulate opportunities to thrive in their respective societies.  Reconciliation will certainly affect the living conditions and well-being of women and girls in these communities for the better.  The ambitious goal of eradicating poverty urges us to assume a global perspective as global citizens in pursuit of this end.  The speaker for the event introduced her practical experience with respect to existing projects to enlighten attendees on the subject matter.

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Violence against the Working Mother

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March 1, 2010 – Working mothers in the public sphere are under extreme pressure from society due to their varied roles as mothers, wives and professionals.  As a result of varied functions, working mothers endure many forms of violence that drastically impact their mental and reproductive health.  In addition, their diminished capacity to be fully functional affects the entire family and frustrates upward mobility.  The panelists analyzed and discussed the plight of the working mother in this regard.  In order to adequately expose the suffering of the working mother, the panel examined a case study from Morocco.  Additionally, observations from the United States were discussed, as were similarities to the treatment of widowed women.

Trafficking of Young Girls in the 21st Century

In the 21st Century there are 27 million slaves worldwide. The theme of our panel held this year in conjunction with the UN Commission on the Status of Women, was ‘Eliminating Violence and Discrimination Against the Girl Child.’

Approximately 50% of those enslaved today are children. We must join hands to fight this global phenomenon, and comprehend how the eight different faces of human trafficking interconnect and overlap transcriminally and transnationally.

The U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace human trafficking forums literally walked the audience across the globe with trafficking and health experts, a survivor, journalists, and a law enforcement official with expertise on all continents – specifically covering Russia, Canada, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Balkans, Latin America, the United States, Africa, and the Mideast. Human trafficking on the street generates $31 Billion annually on the street and Internet pedo-criminality generates $34 Billion. Over the Internet, babies and toddlers are being raped. This is morally repugnant.

This human trafficking session will address the eight different human trafficking faces engulfing this horror – sex, labor and war slaves, Internet pedo-criminality, sex tourism, organ and skin trafficking and ritual abuse torture.

Members of our first panel: Canadian Ritual Abuse Torture experts, Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, shared their ground breaking work on ritual abuse torture. Kelly Watt, a survivor of ritual abuse torture; Lois Herman, Coordinator of the Women’s UN Report Network, who has led trafficking projects around the world also participated with powerful lectures on these major issues.

The second panel, Clive Michel of the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center and Virtual Global Task Force – an international law enforcement operational task force, which is heeding the call to catch the predators and traffickers, shared stunning statistics. Aarti Kapoor, a U.S. and U.K. lawyer who has served as legal advisor in South East Asia flew in from Cambodia to join us, lending her expertise on the subjects.. Christine Dolan (pictured above), an investigative journalist also gave dynamic testimony.

At our 2006 Panel during the Commission on the Status of Women, we learned that over the past decade, trafficking in human beings has reached  epidemic proportions. No country is immune; the search for work abroad has been fueled by economic disparity, high unemployment and the disruption of traditional livelihoods, and traffickers face few risks and can earn huge profits by taking advantage of large numbers of potential immigrants.

Human trafficking is not confined to the sex industry; children can be trafficked to work in sweatshops as bonded labor, and men often work illegally in “three D-Jobs” – dirty, difficult and dangerous. A recent CIA report estimated that between 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are brought to the U.S. every year under false pretenses and are forced to work as prostitutes, abused laborers or servants. UNICEF

estimates that more than 200,000 children are enslaved by cross-border smuggling in West and Central Africa.

Human Trafficking

Over the past decade, trafficking in human beings has reached epidemic proportions. No country is immune, the search for work abroad has been fuelled by economic disparity, high unemployment and the disruption of traditional livelihoods. Traffickers face few risks and can earn huge profits by taking advantage of large numbers of potential immigrants. Trafficking in human beings is not confined to the sex industry. Children are trafficked to work in sweatshops as bonded labor and men work illegally in the “three D-jobs” – dirty, difficult and dangerous.

A recent CIA report estimated that between 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are brought to the United States every year under false pretenses and are forced to work as prostitutes, abused laborers or servants. UNICEF estimates that more than 200,000 children are enslaved by cross-border smuggling in West and Central Africa. The UN has taken an important step forward in coordinating an international response to trafficking.

On 15 November 2000, the General Assembly adopted a package of instruments against various forms of transnational organized crime, including the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. These require the countries that become States Parties to adopt basic criminal offences, including trafficking in persons or the equivalent, participation in the activities of an organized criminal group, money laundering and other illicit conduct. They also establish a framework for international cooperation, including various forms of assistance in the conduct of investigations and prosecutions and provisions for the extradition of offenders. Within the first year, both the Convention and Protocol had obtained more than half of the 40 ratifications needed to bring them into force, and they are expected to take effect in the near future.

The US Federation for the Middle East under the Moderator Salwa Kader sponsored a panel discussion at the Commission on the Status of Women 50th Session at the United Nations to the discuss these vital issues.

Human trafficking in the 21 Century panel with H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson General Assembly President.

Some of the audience attended the human trafficking in the 21 century at the United Nation 2006

Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPC-NJ)

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.

Women’s Issues in the Middle East

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).