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An Opportunity to Write Letters and Build Peace

19 April 2012 2 Comments

Barbara Federman

Barbara Federman

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, Barbara Federman contacted us with the idea for a letter writing exchange between women in the United States and Arab and Muslim women around the world. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please contact Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet:


A Letter to Arab and Muslim Women Around the World

Dear Arab and Muslim women around the world:

My name is Barbara Federman and I am a member of a group of women named Peace and Letter Society (P.A.L.S.). Our goal is to start a letter writing campaign to start a communication between women of all ages, in an attempt to make a small contribution towards a peaceful world.

This idea started after my family’s last Thanksgiving dinner. I started thinking about what I could do to make the world a better and safer place for my children and grandchildren. My dear friend Carol Kaplan suggested I read The Secret Gift by Ted Gup, a wonderful book about a businessman in Ohio in 1933, who, during the Depression, advertised in the newspaper for people to write about why they needed money ( most had no clothes or food for their family) and he would send $5 to make their Christmas holiday happy. This inspirational book made me realize what can be done with a simple idea and a letter writing campaign.

After thinking about it, I started to email friends and they emailed other friends and now we have close to 100 American women who want to be letter writing pals with Arab and Muslim women. Our goal in writing these letters is to find out about their lives and who they really are, not just what we are allowed to see from afar and through the eyes of the media and others. Maybe through our letters we can build a bridge of peace between our peoples, as women have done one by one for centuries. We give life, we don’t take it. We weave connections, we don’t tear them apart.  We would like to share our stories about our lives and our children and get to know the same about you and your lives. Our goal is to learn about your everyday life so that we can join hands for peace together.

I hope you will accept our offer to communicate with one another. We look forward to hearing about you and telling you more about ourselves.

Warm Regards,

Barbara Federman

If you are interested in being a part of the Peace and Letters project, please contact for more information.

Follow the Connection Point initiative on Twitter: @Connection_Pt

The views and opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Peace X Peace.


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2 Comments to “An Opportunity to Write Letters and Build Peace”
  1. This sounds like a great idea. I look forward to participating.

  2. Yasmina says:

    Interested women can complete the peace and letters participant form here: We look forward to connecting you!

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