“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.
General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić (centre) with Jacques Rogge (left) and Novak Djokovic. UN Photo/Mark Garten
USFMEP was invited to participate in this important inaugural event that hosted tennis star, Novak Djokovic, at UN Headquarters on August 23rd, 2013. President Sally Kader was thrilled to be present since USFMEP’s youth programs work alongside of the UN to promote sport in development and peace initiatives. USFMEP youth programs also advocate for education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful coexistence through sport.
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 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 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.
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.