February 20, 2018 FWW Admin

Written by Shamila Kohestani, Gender Equality Advocate and Former Captain of Afghanistan’s Women Football Team When I first began to challenge male dominance in Afghan society by playing football, I faced many acts of discrimination and sexual harassment from many people. When I was the captain of the Afghan Women’s…

February 16, 2018 FWW Admin

Context: Two weeks ago, Afghanistan and Jordan’s women’s football teams had a match. Since then, a vicious online campaign has been launched to smear the Afghan women’s team for wearing athletic clothes to their athletic game. The campaign’s fires were fueled by a Senior Adviser to Afghanistan’s National Cricket Board who…

December 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Rahiba Rahimi, 24, is the President of Laman, Afghanistan’s first domestically-produced clothing line. With its unique style, marrying traditional embroidery and colors with modern and versatile silhouettes, Rahiba and her team are redefining the country’s fashion. Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The brand has been featured in Deutsche Welle, France…

December 5, 2017 Rohina Sediqui

I am a teacher in Kabul. Ali and Tahir are two of my student. They are seven years old. The two boys have so much in common. They are brilliant in Math. They don’t give into the pressure and take time to think and come up with their own answers….

November 30, 2017 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers just won the Global Thinkers Forum‘s 2017 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment! We are incredibly honored and energized to be recognized for telling the authentic stories of Afghan women. Our contributor Awesta Telyar Azada had the opportunity to attend the award ceremony on our behalf. Below is…

October 7, 2017 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers founder Noorjahan Akbar had the chance to speak about women and peace-building and our work at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. At the summit, we advocated for the meaningful participation of Afghan women in peace-building process in Afghanistan. Read Noorjahan’s speech below or watch…

October 4, 2017 Maryam Laly

Afghanistan lost an icon for human rights last week. Born in Kandahar, Sima Wali was a tireless advocate for Afghan refugees and women throughout her life. She was one of only three women at the historical U.N.-organized Bonn Conference after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. At the conference,…

August 12, 2017 Aisha Azimi

The youth of Afghanistan are making their unapologetic mark on the world. Just over a month ago, the Afghan Girl Robotics Team flew to Washington, D.C. to show the world just how powerful a girl can be. The team were winners before the countdown even began, but their resilience earned…

August 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

With more than twenty years of experience in the humanitarian field inside and outside Afghanistan, Belquis Ahmadi is one of the foremost thought leaders on women, peace and security and women’s rights in Afghanistan. Currently a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, Ahmadi has worked with relief,…

July 19, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Dear Sisters, Like many Afghans, I didn’t know much about Robotics, but felt deeply saddened when I heard that your visa was denied – twice – and you almost didn’t get to compete in the Washington, DC, USA FIRST Global Olympics. Most of the time, all we get from the…

July 17, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Leena Alam is a well-known actress and advocate from Afghanistan. She has won awards for her roles in movies including Unknown, Moving in a Circle, and Qamar, and is celebrated as the star of a feminist show titled Shereen that aired on Afghanistan’s most prominent Television station, Tolo. In addition to…

June 22, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Pary Shuaib Arzo Wardak’s name is familiar to many Afghans in the diaspora. She is a fierce advocate for Afghanistan and a tireless aid worker – who works for increased rights and opportunities for refugees. Arzo splits her time between the United States of America and refugee camps in Greece…