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CSW 52nd Session's Side Events

 Muslim, Christian and Jewish Women Building Bridges for Peace and Understanding

 February 28, 2008 – This event brought together women from the three monolithic religions who share the same vision of a world free of violence, hatred and animosity. The discussion attracted an impressive number of attendees eager to partake in the intellectual exchange, share their personal experiences and add to the pool of diverse ideas, perceptions and hopes for the future. USFMEP President, Mrs. Sally Kader, opened the discussion with a call on all women to remain grounded in the hope that interfaith outreach is an essential step in bringing down the barriers that have been erected over the years between the peoples of different faiths and highlighted the importance of returning to the root message of co-existence that every major religion preaches.

 Financing for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in Middle Eastern and North African Governments

 February 26, 2008 – The priority theme for the CSW 52nd session was “Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.” President of UFMEP, Mrs. Salwa Kader, moderated this event and dedicated her focus for this theme on women in Middle Eastern and North African governments. The panel discussion focused on the involvement of women in government and political processes and how they can help incorporate a gendered perspective into policies and decisions.




Empowerment of Women through Media Exposure for Building Peace

February 25, 2008 – This side event for the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”) was moderated by USFMEP President, Mrs. Salwa Kader and focused on the media’s crucial role and responsibility in communicating information. One story can sometimes become the vessel for peace and change. How media outlets report can thus be vital in changing the lives of women for the better and in further inspiring them to strive for peace and gender equality.