In the News

Now in school, Afghan girl is one step closer to achieving her dream of fighting Taliban

March 23, 2017

Many Afghan girls are finding the chance to get an education in an unexpected place: refugee and internally-displaced camps. We chimed it on what this means for girls and how we can ensure that their access to education is sustained. Read the article here.


Afghanistan’s displaced: The challenges of returning home

January 25, 2017

We recently joined Al Jazeera’s show The Stream to discuss the plight of 1.5 million displaced Afghans, including the specific obstacles facing women. Watch the program here.


Afghanistan’s Female Writers Collective Using Words As A Weapon Against Injustice & Inequality

December 02, 2016

We were recently featured on Girl Talk HQ! The piece discussed our history and mission and the importance of women’s voices in bringing change to Afghanistan. Read the article here.


Blogs Not Bombs: Afghan Writers Fighting Misogyny With Their Stories

October 3, 2016

We were recently interviewed by Lydia Solodiuk and featured on Women You should Know. Read the piece here.


Changing the discourse around Afghan women through writing

September 7, 2016

Earlier this month we had the chance to speak with Popular Discourse and ACT Writers Centre about Free Women Writer’s work.

In our conversation with Popular Discourse, we talked about the importance of portraying the complex and multi-faceted lives of Afghan women as they are instead of diminishing our story only to those of victims of violence. Read here about why this matters and what Free Women Writers is doing to change this narrative here.

With ACT Writers Centre our founder spoke about the power of women’s voices. “Our voices, our stories, our experiences are not only legitimate but essential for changing in Afghanistan,” she said. Read the blog here.

One of our blogs was also featured on Who Makes the News. Read all about it here.


Let Farkhunda’s Death Not Be in Vain: the Movement Continues

July 08, 2016

More than a year has passed since the despicable lynching of Farkhanda Malikzada for her baseless allegation of burning the Holy Quran. Unspeakable cruelty was watched on by spectators, with little intervention to stop the violence. Those who were responsible for her heinous murder received little justice even though the case was met by an international outcry.

Women Living Under Muslim Law interviewed our founder on what the legacy of Farkhunda and the struggle for justice in Afghanistan will be. Read the interview here.


Afghan men have a responsibility to fight for women’s equality

June 13, 2016

We recently spoke about the responsibility men have to commit and fight for gender equality with Afghanistan Times and Kabulscape.

“Not all men are rapist, violent or harassers- but nearly all men are silent when they see these atrocities and almost all rapists and harassers are men. This is a harsh reality, but to change it Afghan men have a responsibility to fight for equality and respect for women. A more equal society will serve not only women but all of us as it will allow us to live as full human beings and beyond restrictive gender roles. It will be better for our country as we will all be able to contribute to rebuilding it and it will be better for our children as they will be able to see respectful role models upon which to base their lives. Equality for women is not a threat to men. It is only a threat to sexism and good men must join the effort to making equality a reality.”

Read the full interview here.


Noorjahan Akbar: What the future holds for Afghan women

May 29, 2016

Free Women Writers founder, Noorjahan Akbar, spoke with Al Jazeera about the tremendous obstacles Afghan women face and the power women have to transform Afghanistan earlier this week.

“Like the current state of the country, the current state of Afghan women is tumultuous and unstable. While – since the US-led intervention – Afghan women have made a considerable amount of progress, with [today’s] increased insecurity, economic inequality, and radicalism, we are afraid that our accomplishments will be threatened, and the few civil rights and individual freedoms we have will be taken away from us,” she said.

Read the full interview here.


6 Places to Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week

April 6, 2016

What are people around the world doing during International Anti-Street Harassment Week? Learn all about events happening in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Chile, France, Nepal and Yemen in this wonderful article on Ms. Magazine by Stop Street Harassment founder, Holly Kearl. Included in the article is a blurb about our work in Afghanistan!


Street Harassment Around The World: What’s Your Story?

April 6, 2016

Our founder Noorjahan Akbar joined a number of activists from around the world to speak about Afghan women’s experiences with street harassment for National Public Radio.

Read the full story and learn about women’s experiences in other parts of the world here.


A Year Later Still No Justice for Farkhunda

April 1, 2016

On March 19, 2015, Farkhunda Malikzada was murdered by a mob of angry Afghan men because a local religious cleric had falsely accused her of burning the Quran. A year later, perpetrators have faced little to no repercussions. Read our founder’s article on Foreign Policy about why this matters for Farkhunda’s legacy and other Afghan women.

Read the full article here.

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Daughters of Rabia is a collection of Afghan women's writings in defense of their human rights. The book was published by two Afghan activists, Noorjahan Akbar and Batul Muradi, in 2013. Following the book's success and distribution in six provinces in Afghanistan, Noorjahan Akbar created the Free Women Writers blog to continue publishing women's writings in Persian, Pashtu and Uzbeki. Since then, the blog has expanded to include hundreds of articles, poems, narratives, essays and paintings about gender equality, environmental concerns, economic inequality, democracy and other social justice issues. With a weekly readership of more than thirty thousand, the blog has reached tens of thousands of Afghans. This website is the English translation of these writings. Read the Persian book here: http://bit.ly/DaughtersofRabia