November 8, 2017 Pary Shuaib

I think about my dokhtaraiy khala dokhtaraiy ama dokhtaraiy mama dokhtaraiy kaka. All my cousins, the babies and the boys, my only remaining grandparent, I may barely know them but like a fighter who has lost a limb I miss their presence. Our parents are our ties if they survived…

September 21, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Shukria Dellawar is an Afghan-American peace and security expert, writer, poet, and outspoken human rights advocate. She has worked with Afghan and global organizations including Women for Afghan Women, Women Thrive Worldwide and Center for International Policy and has long advocated for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Recently, my colleague Marzia…

July 10, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Yesterday, I went to a mehmanee, where I met two brilliant and beautiful Afghan sisters who recently immigrated to the United States. They desperately missed life in Kabul and were talking about how living anywhere without the love and closeness of family leaves a large, pulsating void. When I explained…

June 13, 2017 Pary Shuaib

American – as my passport states Afghan – as my parents reiterate Growing up, in-between In a state of red, and black, green With white skin, but feeling blue What White? The narrow American description? Or my Panjsheri porcelain representation? Which White do I check in the application? Wait -…

April 10, 2017 FWW Admin

Marjan Asadullah The world first saw Zulala Hashemi when Afghan Star’s auditions were held in Kandahar and Nangarhar. Walking in an all-black chadari, with a tiny smudge of eyeliner, she was able to impress the four judges with her ability to hold a note and even got a standing ovation…

March 5, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Pary Shuaib I have always felt proud to be Afghan and American, simultaneously. Afghan-American: the hyphenation is incredibly important because it is where I draw my identity from. I am not only one or the other, but rather, a mix of both. When I was in Kindergarten, I remember befriending…

June 16, 2015 Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar Most of my work and writings have been focused on atrocities and injustices against women in Afghanistan, but in this blog, I wanted to address a different kind of injustice. Recently an American journalist sent me the draft of her article about my work for editing. The middle…