first_imgProjects being identified in Liberia and other countriesThe Department of Field Support at the United Nations has announced that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway, which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.These contributions reinforce the Secretary-General’s clear commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims first.With the most recent contributions, the total amount available to the Trust Fund from voluntary contributions by member states will rise to approximately US$1.5 million. This includes US$102,000 that have been made available from withheld payments to troop and police contributors as a result of substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.Projects to provide specialized services for victims and to strengthen community-based complaint reception networks will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo using the funds. Other projects are being identified in Central African Republic, Liberia and Haiti.Under Secretary General for Field Support Mr Atul Khare expressed his deep gratitude to those who have contributed, stating “the interest in the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse is a powerful indication of the vital support and partnership of the member states in this critical area. We encourage all member states to consider making a donation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL:‘Intellectual Salon’ engages Rice students in discussions with religious leadersRice University students in the Religion and Public Life class taught by sociologist D. Michael Lindsay have been introduced to an array of local religious leaders in a unique format that encourages intelligent conversation. Called “intellectual salons,” the sessions were sponsored by the Brown Foundation Teaching Grants Program. Guest speakers who addressed the classes included Samuel Karff. rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel; Duane Brooks, pastor of Tallowood Baptist Church; and Mahmoud El-Gamal, a professor of economics at Rice who preaches at his mosque.  Lindsay’s class examines the place of religion in various parts of public life, including medicine, education, politics and the economy.  In developing the “intellectual salon,” Lindsay was concerned that students have “very few structured environments in which they can practice the art of intelligent conversation.” The discussions were held at the Rice University president’s house and the houses of masters of the university’s residential colleges rather than in classrooms. Lindsay, assistant professor of sociology and assistant director of Rice’s Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life, said the interdisciplinary program will help build better relations with the wider Houston community.last_img read more