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…

June 19, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

I met Batul Moradi years ago when she moved to Afghanistan in search of a new life after spending decades as a refugee in Iran. Her creativity, resilience, and unconventional independence was a mystery to me. She worked as a painter for a children’s magazine and seeing her lost in…

May 30, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi

Marzia Nawrozi I was waiting for my sister to finish her shift in the maternity hospital so we could go home together. As women passed by, I could see their concerned faces. Every so often a woman would quickly walk out of the gate to pass good news to the…

May 23, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada Her name is Sara Bahai and she is known as the first woman taxi driver in Afghanistan. I have always been in awe of her independent spirit and bravery. Sara started working as a teacher and became the breadwinner of her family when the Taliban killed her brother-in-law…

April 16, 2017 Pary Shuaib

From getting threats from terrorists to facing harassment on the streets, it is not easy being a woman journalist in Afghanistan. The obstacles, however, have not stopped many from breaking barriers and telling Afghanistan’s stories through a variety of mass media that has recently become widespread across the country. Among…

March 6, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra WZ On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about the women who inspire and empower me. The one woman who has always made me proud to be an Afghan woman is my mother, and this childhood memory illustrates exactly why. I grew up in…