November 1, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi 1Comment

The first time I experienced sexual harassment I was only six years old. I used to go to our neighbor’s house every day and play with their daughter. She had two older brothers who would hug and kiss me and pull my curly hair. One day I got so upset and…

October 13, 2017 Maryam Laly

This is for all the women who bent their heads so we could stand tall. Courage is not always loud. Sometimes you can be oblivious to it happening before your eyes. The courage that has gotten us here May not be heard, but it lives in the eyes of a…

October 13, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

I am a daughter. I am the daughter of a woman who smiled when I was born. That woman who did not stop smiling because of quibbles. I am the daughter of a brave woman who makes me braver every day. I am the daughter of my mother. The mother…

October 11, 2017 Aisha Azimi

“In my whole life, I never felt love,” 15-year old Mejgan told Too Young to Wed. She was a child bride, and not the only one. In fact, every minute 28 girls like Mejgan get married before the age of eighteen. Today is International Day of the Girl and we…

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,…

September 28, 2017 Frozan Sarwary

By Frozan Sarwary Dear daughter, Wake up! I have woken up from ignorance today and I am waking you up so we can walk towards a brighter future together. From the day that God gave you to me, I have been thinking about how I should raise you so that…

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…

September 8, 2017 FWW Admin

By Marzia When I left school in the fall of 1995, I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to return for six years. The years that followed could’ve been spent learning and improving myself, but they turned into the darkest and the scariest years of my life when the…

August 23, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Tahmina Aminy After growing up in war in Afghanistan, it has taken me a long time to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I still wake up from horrific nightmares unable to breathe or move. The sound of bombs and rockets still shadows me through my dreams. I still…

August 15, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Hangama Amiri is an up-and-coming Afghan-Canadian artist. She graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was a Canadian Fulbright Fellow at Yale University. Currently, Amiri is an Artist-in-Residence at Lunenburg School of the Arts in Nova Scotia. Hangama has had exhibitions in London, Venice, New York, California, Morocco,…

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…