Updates from the United Nations Reported by Arife Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D.
The International Association of Sufism (IAS) is a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the Department of Public Information. IAS continuously provides a vital contributions to support the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations. Since the new millennium, the UN has developed comprehensive Development Goals focused on the following key areas of global interest: poverty, education, gender equality, health, environmental sustainability and global partnerships. All of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are critical to support the virtue of human beings throughout our global society. IAS strives to support the work of the UN to uphold the moral excellence of all human beings and societies by enhancing public understanding of the meaning and practice of virtue. Inside this commitment, IAS continues to work tirelessly toward all UN Development Goals, with particular attention to abolishing practices and legislation that discriminate against women and girls, or perpetuate and condone violence against them.
At the recent United Nations Conference on Women and Girls, an historic code was adopted to combat violence against women and girls. The conference had been made even more poignant since the wars, gun violence in the United States and human rights atrocities have become more prominent throughout the world, with the Taliban attack on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her promotion of girlsâ€™ education in Pakistan and reports of gang rapes in India, South Africa and in many countries. IAS stands with the UN supporting this code to combat violence and to support the realization of MDGs. The United States welcomed the accord. It was an important first step to ensure that women and girls â€œlive productive and safe lives, free from the scourge of violence and abuse,â€? according to Senior US envoy Terri Robl.
IAS has submitted petitions and attended forums supporting non-violence, education, micro-finance enterprises for women in business and overarching endeavors to stabilize peace and eradicate poverty. Clean water, bug nets and cook stoves are basic necessities that the IAS works diligently to sponsor globally. Additionally, IAS has created a program to support ending poverty as a fundamental goal and human right, and now sponsors programs with resources for educational and financial support for those in need. We are in partnership with the UN in taking affirmative action based on a clear intention for increased primary education enrollment, reduced mortality among children and meeting the target of eradicating poverty with the support of NGOs, civil society and the private sector. The MDG and the Historic code for combating violence against women and girls are fundamental foundations for human rights for all people. IAS continues to work with other UN NGOs to cultivate positive virtues that restore peace within every human being and the global community, as the basis for positive social change.
Arife Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., LMFT, is a student of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, as guided by Sufi Teachers Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali. Kianfar. Dr. Hammerle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a psychotherapist with the Community Healing Centers, an integrative psychotherapy non-profit organization. Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 2