Meher, Afghanistan


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Dear World,

An uneducated person never thinks about you, my world. You are a beautiful gift of God. We human beings do not know the value of you, my world. You are like Disney Land for me, which is full of beauty and adventures. Unfortunately, we human beings cannot understand the meaning of that beauty, and we make you to face the evil power of humans: war, inequality, robbery, atom bombs, poverty, etc.

In this world, everyone—educated and uneducated—is looking for power and wealth. No one has equal rights in this world. One is rich and another is dying of poverty. One country is too developed and war and bombs destroy another country. One is tired of education and other is begging for education. All countries give more freedom to men and discourage women.

In my country, people made inequality a part of our culture. They do not let their daughters get an education or to work outside because they think they are Muslims. A Muslim girl should not go out, she should wear hijab and do housework. But, a Muslim boy can do anything they want. A boy has the freedom to tease girls and to misuse their freedom. They do not know that girls are the flowers of this world. If the world loses its flowers, this world will lose its beauty.

When a baby is born in this world, that baby comes with a hope to see the beauty of this world. Unfortunately, that baby cannot find the beauty, only bad deeds and misfortunes. I apologize that I cannot do anything for you my sweet world. I can promise to pray for you and for the people that hurt you, so that may God open their mind and show them the right way.

Sincerely,

Meher

Afghanistan

Women2Women Delegate

Roqia, Gaza

Dear World,

My name is Roqia. I’m 16 and I’m from Palestine. You may not know what Palestine is, or where it is. But I’d like to tell you that it’s the country that has been occupied for more than 68 years, until now. I witnessed more than 3 wars and uncountable attacks. As a young woman, I’m looking forward to living in peace, but unfortunately, “peace” doesn’t exist in Palestine for a reason. But I still believe that peace will get to the world someday. I mean, Palestine isn’t the only country facing wars and problems. Look at Syria, Iraq, etc., and look at civilians fighting to get their freedom, and to have some peace.

As a Palestinian woman, I grew up in a society that is full of blood and pain. I find myself identifying peace as seeing other nationalities helping countries in conflict to show their sympathy and support. It’s peace when men and women stand next to each other to fight for their rights. Peace isn’t held with men only, and never will, because women have always played an important role in every single case in the world.

What I picture for a better world is something really simple and easy. Hope should take control. A peaceful world is a world full of courage and love, a world that is full of faith, kindness, equality, and chances. A better world can happen when we start with ourselves first. When we let both men and women change our communities to what is best.

To find peace, we need to be educated. As my dad always said, “to live in peace you have to be strong. And to be strong you have to get an education. Peace can’t occur if you are either weak or illiterate.” And my dad convinced me by his words, because when you fight for something you should always have statistics and knowledge. If you know nothing about it, then you lose the fight.

Peace is when we help and care; it’s when we look after poor, orphaned, injured, and sick people. The world is so small that we have to help folks we don’t even know. We should let them see that we are there for them and that they exist.

Peace is where you give and offer; it’s where you think positive. Peace is when people stand next to each other and stop bullying or killing.

People want to learn, face the world, travel, volunteer, and do other stuff that I can’t do in Palestine. We deserve life and we deserve to have fun! Peace is on its way to the earth.

Sincerely,

Roqia

Age 16, Gaza

Women2Women Delegate

 

 

Emily, USA

Dear World,

My name is Emily and I am 20 years old, living in the United States of America. I am currently a student at a women’s college in New York City and a fast paced and inspiring community surrounds me every day. Going to a women’s college I see the value of women in a different way now than I did before. I had always been a self-proclaimed feminist but didn’t understand the nuances within the social movement nor the importance of intersectionality in understanding the world. I believe that most people in the world are similar to who I used to be—someone who was unaware of the world I lived in but with the desire to improve it in some way.

In order to achieve peace and equality in the world I think it is ESSENTIAL that people start learning about different identities and the struggles people face due to their identities that may not be obvious. It is important for men to try to understand what it is like to be a woman and to recognize our struggles. It is important for the youth to be educated and exposed to a diverse range of topics and people. It is important for men, just like any dominant group to recognize their privilege and to support those who do not have the same amount of privilege.

I have always been the type of person to go out and help those, who for one reason or another may not be able to help themselves, whether that be related to immigration, the judicial system or simply within a social setting. Our world is at a crucial point in history in which danger is not only taking shape in the form of war, but can occur anytime and anywhere, and can change the lives of a person and their loved ones forever.

People should not have to live in fear. 
People should not have to hide their identities. All people should be treated equally.

This will be hard to achieve and it won’t happen overnight, but in order to change our reality we need to change the social structures and mentalities of people in society to be more accepting and encourage them to stand up for others.

We can do this as women, as men, as children, as immigrants, as gay, as black, as white, as Jewish, as Muslim, as every person with every unique identity. Together we can make a difference in our world and together we can take steps toward equality and peace.

Thank you,

Emily

Age 20, United States of America

Women2Women Delegate

Farah, Libya

Dear World,

My name is Farah and I am 23 years old. I live in a continent where war is constantly being driven by race, religion, poverty, and injustice.

I live in a country where conflict has been and still is a constant and on-going struggle, where individuals and families have been kidnapped, assassinated, displaced and exiled. When day-to-day basic human rights resources become scarce privileges and the path to social stability becomes constricted by rivaling governments and political situation.

As I write this letter, there is a war happening around 460 km from where I live, and another one in the eastern part of the country. Since the civil war broke out again in 2014, the “quality of life” which has already been low is now becoming non-existent, the ability to keep a positive attitude towards life and peace is diminishing and the hope for truce and reconciliation between cities, tribes and people has become overshadowed by the sounds of gun-fire, pride and greed.

Despite all the challenges we go through, there are aspiring young educated leaders in various fields who dream for a brighter future and work towards peace in Libya and the world. There are motivated young women who have broken social barriers and who will not submit to community pressures, in order to build a safer and a more prosperous life for their daughters and the next generations.

Sometimes, conflict is not always a bad thing; it could act as a starting-point for peace and global change. It may temporarily create a hostile environment with devastating effects, but it also builds a stronger generation with better awareness of their rights as human beings and a broader perception of acceptance and compassion.

Sincerely,

Farah

Age 23, Libya

Women2Women Delegate