Archive for March 16, 2011

United Religions Initiative and American University’s Dialogue Development Group are pleased to offer a weekend training focusing on interfaith dialogue for young leaders (advance undergraduates and graduates) from around the United States. Currently we are seeking participants from Universities in Washington DC that can easily commute to American University on the weekend of April 1-3, 2011.

The workshop will help students develop dialogue, communication, and community organizing skills, and will include both lectures and experiential learning.

Participants will meet at American University on Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm. Participation is free of charge and meals and snacks will be provided throughout the workshop.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please complete the attached application form and email it to Anat Ben Nun at anat.bennun (at) by Friday, March 18th. Please note that the number of participants is limited.

 The Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) application deadline is April 1, 2011. 

DPMI, a program of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, is a professional certificate program that combines guided individual readings (completed prior to the commencement of class meetings), three weeks of intensive classroom instruction, and a personal reflection paper submitted three months after the conclusion of classroom work.

The intensive DPMI training, organized as three separate modules, lasts three weeks: Managing Development Projects, Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnering Facilitating Participatory Development.  A highly regarded current practitioner with extensive international development experience teaches each module. The modules are closely linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals. Participants receive a stand-alone Certificate of Completion from the Development Project Management Institute upon fulfillment of program requirements.

 DPMI will be held in two locations this summer:  May 23-June 10, 2011, Monterey, California, May 30 – June 17, 2011, Washington D.C. 

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100 Year of Women Struggle

Posted: March 16, 2011 in News and Views
Women Action Forum is going to pay homage to the 100 year struggle of women after declaration of Women’s International in 1911 by Clara Zetkin.
In this programme Ms. Anis Haroon, chairperson of National Commission of Status of Women, Justice Majida Rizvi and Barrister Zamir Ghumro. The programme will be followed by all Sindh Women Mushaira and the mehfil of Manjhi Faqeer and Usad Shafi faqeer.

Friday, March 18 · 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Where:  Mumtaz Mirza Auditoruim, Sindh Meuesm, Hyderbabad.

Project Nur, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, and Aligarh Alumni Association of New England are putting on a mushaira! For those of you who do not know what a mushaira is, it is an event where poets gather to recite their works.

We will be having around 4-6 local poets coming to present their poetry on Thursday March 24. Refreshments (samosas, cheese, crackers, chai, and coffee) will be served prior to the poetry at 6:30. The poetry will start at 7:00pm.

Please join us for a great display of the rich culture of Urdu poetry!

KARACHI – Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE) – a non-governmental organisation working for conservation and protection of environment and wildlife – on Thursday demanded that the provincial and federal governments declare the threatened and endangered trees, shrubs, birds and animals of Thar Desert as national assets and ensure their protection.

SCOPE coordinator Bharumal Amrani said the trees of Thar Desert such as Gugral (Cammiphora mukal) and Kandi (Prosopis cineraria), and deer and peacocks are most important for biodiversity but massive tree cutting and hunting of birds and animals have put them on the verge of extinction.“Despite the listing of these species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list, the government has not made any arrangements to protect these species,” said Amrani.
He said that a poster, published by Environment Ministry, Global Environment Facility and UNDP on celebrating 2010 as international biodiversity year, had declared seven trees of Pakistan including Katha (Acacia catechu), Sanober (Juniperus excelsa), Guggal (Commiphora wightii), Lahura (Tecomella Undulata), Phog (Calligonum polygonoides), Kandi (Prosopis cineraria and Peelu (Salvadora oleoides) as threatened.
“Out of these seven endangered species five are native to the Thar Desert,” said Amrani, adding that the blue peafowl – the identity of Thar Desert – is rare in the world and the Punjab government has declared it the provincial bird. However, in its actual habitat, this beautiful bird is dying and vanishing through illegal poaching, smuggling and diseases, he added.