On November 12th The Anglo American Press Association had a meeting and conversation with Samia Essabaa and Suzanne Nakache, the Muslim and Jewish founders of Langage de Femmes, a multi-confessional, intergenerational group of women fighting racism and anti-Semitism in France.
France has Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish populations and hate crimes have grown in recent years.
But Essabaa and Nakache spoke of how their group is able to break down barriers between communities and increase understanding, by allowing women to focus on issues that unite them.
The group comes together over movies, plays, dinners and events at synagogues and mosques.
And every year they take a group of diverse women to Auschwitz to show where hatred of “the other” can lead.
-Eleanor Beardsley