17 January 2004 --
SMIWPM was launched today, holding its first Board meeting and adopting
an ambitious program for action that would ensure an important presence
for this first movement for women for peace that is initiated in the Arab
world. Mrs. Mubarak announced the program of the movement, and presented
the Board of Trustees, which included Ismail Serageldin as Treasurer.
Serageldin said that he was truly inspired to see Mrs. Mubarak take this
important step to institutionalize the highly successful international
meeting held in Sharm el Sheikh in September 2002. Awareness training
for young Egyptian women would start in February, a Regional effort in
collaboration with UNIFEM was planned for May and two international seminars
for late May and June, and finally a major international conference in
October. In addition eminent persons would give lectures throughout the
year… and that is just for the first year!