Hannah, The Netherlands

Dear World,

What are we doing? There is so much hatred and anger in the world we live in. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to change this. Oppression, violence, and hatred are engraved in humanity. In order to create peace, we need to be able to forgive. Decades of injustice can only be stopped if we learn to forgive. Creating peace is not a one-man or one-woman job. It requires us all to work together, even with the people that have hurt us the most. Of course, this is easy for me to say and I realize that, but it is the only way to truly move forward.

We also need to be more thoughtful towards each other. It is very easy to form an opinion when you only see your own perspective. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. How would you feel if you were treated differently than others? You might realize that not everything is black or white. There is a lot more grey area in this world.

The way we were raised, what we see on TV, what we read online and so many other factors influence the way we look at different social groups. In different parts of the world different social groups are shown in a bad light. Our initial reaction to certain people can be explained by what we were taught to see, but we cannot use that to excuse the way we act. We all can control how we act. There are bad Black people and bad White people. There are bad Muslims, bad Christians, bad Jews, bad atheists and so on. However, that does not mean that the person in front of you is a bad person. Treat others how you would like to be treated. A little kindness goes a long way.

I aspire to forgive, to be thoughtful and not to let my surroundings cloud my judgment. I know that I was put on this world to help others. That is my purpose and I have known it since I was a little girl. I strive to do at least one good deed every day to make someone else happy.

What do you want your role to be in this world? What is your purpose? Think about and act on it, because it is our responsibility to create the world we want to live in.

Sincerely yours,

Hannah

Age 18, The Netherlands

Women2Women Delegate

Walaa, Egypt

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Dear World,

Our ancestors gave us the fundamental principle of freedom that set in motion today’s global system of government. This world must be safe for all of us or no one will truly be safe. We have ignored what happens in the rest of the world and have accepted time after time to live in a global political inferno, ignited over and over by a series of dictators and global terrorist organizations. We see what happen in Syria; we can see the innocence of children killed every day, but we still stand and watch. We see humans like us, wanting the right to live in peace, but we still refuse to give them their rights. We have duties to help the children of our world. I don’t accept living in a world where there is no justice, no rights and no peace: in a world that lost its humanity. Never forget that Syria, Somalia, and other countries in the Middle East are suffering while we are standing here. All of us are responsible. Never forget your duties to your universal brothers.

Sincerely,

Walaa

Age 18, Egypt

Women2Women Delegate

Naila, Algeria

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Dear World,

I want to introduce you to a 9-year-old little girl. She was beautiful, pure and sensitive. She lived in a peaceful society with her parents. This girl had a normal dream, in which one day she grows up to become a very, very successful young woman. She wanted to make her daddy proud, being his only girl. She always had the dream of being one of the best girls out there representing her society. This girl is me.

Hello there, my name is Naila, I am a 21-year-old young woman from Algeria. You should have guessed my problem by now. Well, let me tell you! Racism, discrimination and hatred.

I am a Muslim woman who once was an innocent child. I didn’t choose to be a Muslim, but if I had the choice, I would defiantly choose to be one. I wear the head scarf and I choose to cover my body. My parents did not require me to wear it, it was my choice and I am absolutely happy about it.

Dear world, I beg you to listen to my story. When people judge me for what I wear, for choosing to cover myself, it tears my heart. I am fed up with people calling me a terrorist.

Dear world, I am a normal girl. Like everyone out there, I laugh, I make jokes, I paint my nails, wear high heels, I watch movies, listen to music, I dance, and I even cook. I do everything a normal American girl would do, except I choose to cover my body in front of men, and practice my religion peacefully.

What hurts the most is every time I travel outside my country, I have to deal with people’s insults. They look at me with disgust in their judging eyes, they treat me like trash, they make jokes behind my back, and most importantly they call me and my family and all the entire Muslim population TERRORISTS.

Dear world, how can you judge a whole religion by a small group of extremists? How can you judge the whole Arab Muslim world by a few people who are insane?

I have to tell you that ISIS is not killing only the non-Muslims; ISIS is murdering, kidnapping and raping Muslim people too. Have you ever thought about how many Muslim children are being murdered or tortured to death every day by these people? Think about how many women are being raped and killed every single day in Syria, Palestine and Yemen and other Muslim countries. Think about the fear and terror they face every day. Think about the peaceful Muslim families, how they have to say goodbye to their loved ones in fear of never seeing them again.

I have a vision that someday, I’ll wake up to hear on that all countries are having a huge party, celebrating a world free from all cruelty, hatred, ISIS, murder, rape, violence, and corruption. Do you think this is impossible to achieve?

I have a vision that all the countries put their weapons down. I have a vision of a unified world. I have a vision of a peaceful beautiful world, with all its breathtaking natural sights and different colors. I have a great vision in a world in which all races, colors, religions, languages and hair colors live together. I have a vision in which people are not judged by the choices they make about their religion or their body. I have a vision of a world in which no matter what you are, no matter what you wear, or who you are, you NEVER have to fear their judging glares.

Finally, whoever is reading this peaceful letter; please know that you are an amazing, beautiful soul. Never let their words sadden you. Instead, smile and continue working hard to prove them wrong. Be successful and reach your dreams just like the great person you are.

Stay always happy.

Sincerely,

M.K.Naila

Age 20, Algeria

Women2Women Delegate

Yutian, Canada

Dear World,

I am from a beautiful country,

A country that knows only peace.

Where conflicts will not steal our family,

No need to pray for war to cease.

People have asked if I love my nation,

I may have hesitated before I answered.

If asked if I love people and relations,

Would hesitation come again? Never.

People are what the world is in fact, made of,

Each and every one of us makes a difference.

As a member you should take responsibility, to

Change the world with your own actions.

Every moment could be spent with less hate, and more love.

I am Yutian, a 17-year-old from Canada. I am from a place where people are known to be kind, polite and say sorry a bit too often. I am from a nation that is known to be peaceful and rarely involved in conflicts. As an individual I have the freedom to pursue any degree and profession, never having to worry about my next meal or any physical danger. This is the world that I live in, but I find it a pity that not everyone could have this.

Every single person is different, but that difference is normal. At least, I would not want to live in a world of 7.4 billion people who are just like me. With every single person trying to take control, who are not creative enough to compose a single piece of music and with no sports in existence. This would be my worst nightmare. We complement each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses, so are not those people who are different from us even more precious than the ones who are like us?

No matter your gender, culture, religion, ethnicity, age, we are all humans living in the same world. I am not going to say “throw your biases of people out the window,” but try to give some time to get to know that new neighbour, colleague, classmate before you make your judgments. Since this is not a single way street, you also have to open your door for others to get to know you.

We are all tiny on this globe, but if every single one of us makes a bit of an effort to respect one another, I believe we will have a world that is even more beautiful than it already is.

Sincerely,

Yutian

Age 17, Canada

Women2Women Delegate

Ines, Morocco/Belgium

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Dear World,

Have you ever been told that you are not capable of achieving your dreams? Or did someone ever tell you that you should be doing something else because they believe you are not worth the time or effort?

My name is Ines. I’m a 20-year-old Moroccan who was born and raised in Belgium. As a young student, I learned that hard work is necessary in order to reach our goals. My education has been difficult because of my dyslexia. I always thought I was the dumb kid and that my future wasn’t as bright as other future leaders. I thank my family and the people who told me that everything is possible. Once I started believing in myself, I set a goal and I promised that I would reach it no matter what. I learned that with the right network of people and the right motivation and mindset you could do anything. Along the way I thought if I can reach my goals, I could help others as well. There is no better way for me to help others then to volunteer with refugees and kids with disabilities.

After a long period of disbelief from others, I found my voice and my passion for success. My hard work paid off and I will be moving across the world for an internship. Dubai has been my dream destination since my first year of high school. The world is so big, so why should I stay in the same place? Facing challenges teaches you how to work harder, which is a valuable skill. I started with negative spirit but now I have confidence in my abilities. When people tell you, “No, you can’t do that because you are not smart, fast or able,” you will find that those are the people who will one day come to you for advice.

I want you to remember that you are intelligent, beautiful and loved! Even when no one supports you, you can learn to support yourself and achieve in life. So make sure you know how to motivate yourself. Believe that you will obtain what you want. Don’t wish it, live it and work hard for it because if it worked for me it will work for all of you.

Kind regards,

Ines

Age 20, Morocco/Belgium

Women2Women Delegate