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From the 2001 Annual Report:
The Peace Council began the year strengthened by its September, 2000 meeting at the Abbey of Gethsemani, but also with some disadvantages: a financial deficit and much lower than expected contributions at the end of 2000, and the resignation in October, 2000, of Audrey Martino. Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez was on medical leave for most of the first half of 2001, and F. Peter Brinkman also had to limit his activity in 2001 (since relieved by a successful hip-replacement).
In September, 2000, the Peace Councilors agreed to continue projects in Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico, North Korea, and Israel/Palestine, and proposed several new areas: Northern Ireland, Iraq, Sudan, and Colombia. At the same time they agreed that projects should be undertaken only when funds were in hand, and that financial recovery should be a top priority.
In 2001 the Peace Council’s financial position improved, and by the end of the year contributions were suficient to cover expenses and substantially reduce the previous years’ deficits.
Accomplishments in 2001 included:
• The Peace Council welcomed Mrs. Saleha Abedin as its newest member. She is the director of the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and London, UK). She is also the chairperson of the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (Amman, Jordan), professor of Sociology at King Abdulaziz University Women’s College (Jeddah), and the founder of Dar Al-Hekma College (Jeddah).
• Peter Brinkman, representing the Peace Council at the annual meeting of the International Interfaith Centre, agreed that the Peace Council would work with other NGOs to foster interfaith exchange in Palestine, beginning with site visits in September, 2002. Peter also represented the Peace Council at the International Conference on the Global Preservation of Sacred Sites in November and at the opening of the Museum of World Religions (both in Taiwan).
• In Thailand, the Home of Peace and Love continued to support the education of its young women residents.
• In Cambodia, grants from the Khane Khane Foundation (a Peace Council support organization) helped Cambodian NGOs promote AIDS awareness, teach reading skills to prison inmates, and develop a Youth for Peace program. Khane Khane also provided funding for the 2001 Dhammayietra (Peace Walk) by Cambodian monks and nuns.
• A new international organization, the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations, received a grant from the Peace Council for costs of its inaugural meeting, held in the U.K.
• In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Peace Councilors and trustees responded to many requests for articles, interviews, and public talks. Peace Councilors Dr. Chandra Muzaffar and Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman spoke to media and to groups in the United States and abroad. Prof. Joseph Elder (trustee) and Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez (executive director) also responded to numerous requests. An article by Gómez-Ibáñez, Alternative Responses to Terrorism, was widely circulated. Several Peace Councilors (Boubakeur, Chittister, Chung, Keating, Maguire, and Muzaffar) asked staff to organize a conference on inter-civilizational dialogue, to which other religious and civil society leaders would be invited.
• Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez met with educators and peace groups in Northern Ireland and with Máiread Maguire to prepare for the Peace Council’s work there, and with NGOs and individuals who are active in Colombia, Iraq, and the Sudan.
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