“I teach people about each other”- President Salwa Kader on her work towards achieving #peace through interfaith #dialogue, women’s issues panel #discussions, and unique far-reaching#youth leadership conferences such as the annual Montessori School Model #U.N.
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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).
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.
July 25, 2011 – U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace (“UFMEP”) hosted a ‘Youth Interfaith Dialogue for Peace and Mutual Understanding’ at the United Nations high-level meeting on youth, which took place on July 25th and 26th as part of the International Youth Year. UFMEP President and prominent peace activist, Mrs. Sally Kader, hosted this discussion, where youth representing the world’s major religions came together for an open, comprehensive, respectful, and educational panel discussion on the role of religious tolerance in contributing to lasting international peace.
UFMEP believes that the youth of the world are an untapped resource for change that can be mobilized to contribute to the establishment of a lasting global peace. Interfaith dialogues that include the next generation of world leaders are crucial in order to achieve peace and harmony between the different religious groups in the world. In reaching closer to this vision of peace, the interfaith dialogue provided a platform for further communication and collaboration between people of various religious and cultural backgrounds.
March 6, 2011 – United Federation for Middle East Peace (“UFMEP”) participated in an interfaith rally consisting of a broad coalition of over 75 interfaith, nonprofit, governmental, and civil liberties groups that rallied support of equitable civil rights for all Americans. This coalition had been formed in response to upcoming congressional hearings led by Peter King (R-LI), which have undermined the civil rights of Muslim and Arab Americans. Mr. King and his chosen expert witness, Zuhdi Jazzer, share a history of repeating incorrect and distorted views of the Muslim and Arab communities of the United States, creating more division and perpetuating stereotypes.
Organizers of this rally believe one can be a loyal Muslim as well as a loyal American without conflict, and a number of our fellow Americans support this view. The rally centered around the slogan “Today, I Am a Muslim, Too” where Muslims and non-Muslims alike joined in solidarity and compassion. Rally-goers stood together against bigotry caused by anxiety, misinformation and ignorance to show Congress a united American community, which seeks to strengthen – not dilute – our bonds of friendship and trust.