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CSW 49th Session's Side Events
The Rights of Muslim Women: Islam and Tradition
March 2005 - U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace (“USFMEP”) hosted an
interactive panel discussion titled “The Rights of Muslim Women: Islam and Tradition” as part of the 49th
session on the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”). The event was
moderated by UFMEP President, Mrs. Salwa Kader, and focused on the roles and
rights of Muslim women under Islam. The event was organized to further one of
UFMEP’s core objectives to involve women in the process of conflict resolution
and elevate their status in societies all around the world. Speakers included
Ms. Safiyya Srkin, member of International Union of Anthropological and
Ethnological Science, Ms. Mona Mikhail, professor of Arabic Literature and
Women’s Studies at New York University and Ms. Nahid Mozaffari, editor of the PEN Anthology of Contemporary Persian
Literature, author of the book Strange
Times, My Dear and professor of Middle Eastern history at the New School in
New York and Cabot University in Rome.
Women in Islam: East Meets West
March 2005 - U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace (“USFMEP”) President, Mrs. Salwa Kader, moderated a panel discussion on “Women in Islam: East Meets West” as part of the 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”). The event explored the dynamic perspectives of Muslim women in contemporary global society. Speakers included Mrs. Najat Ikhich from the YTTO Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to housing and rehabilitating women victims of violence, Mrs. Saud M. Marafie, a senior aero-biologist and social activist with the Kuwaiti Women Voluntary Society for Humanity, Mrs. Hadil El-Kholy, representative of CELWA in Cairo, Egpyt and feature speaker Dr. Saeeda Malik, a medical surgeon and Minister of Women Development and Social Welfare in Sindh, Pakistan.