Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Since the beginning of the violence in 2010, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refuges fled their homes with very little belongings. Most lack basic necessities, such as food, medicine and clothing. As USFMEP’s main objectives are to provide emergency relief, save lives and protect livelihoods, the Blanket Donation Drive was organized and made possible with the help and hospitality of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Saint Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. Following a highly successful turnout, USFMEP’s mission was realized by the efforts of the Mennonite Central Committee, which packaged and delivered the blankets directly to the Syrian refugee communities in the Middle East.
USFMEP was able to accomplish this goal and donate many new blankets to aid these Syrian refugees and victims of the civil war, with many thanks to the particular efforts from the Mennonite Central Committee, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, as well as all those who expressed their kindness and generosity by donating for this cause. USFMEP continues to hope that the current crisis will soon be resolved and the return of many of those displaced will soon be realized.
The United States Federation for Middle East Peace (“USFMEP”) was pleased to organize in collaboration with the Espiscopal Peace Fellowship several events for donations of money and/or new blankets at the Saint Bartholomew’s Church to help the Syrian refugees and victims of the war. Mrs. Kader has spared endless efforts in order to help these refugees stay warm during the upcoming winter. The USFMEP expresses all its gratitude to all of those who participated for their positive contribution and the success of such a great event.
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.
Security Council strengthens efforts to end impunity for conflict-related sexual violence
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
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.