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…

July 31, 2017 FWW Admin 1Comment

We are beyond excited to share Free Women Writers’ latest book with all of you! A guide for women facing gender-based violence, You Are not Alone derives from years of research, speaking with survivors of violence and our experiences as women and survivors. Through this book, we share stories inspired by…

July 26, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

This week, Mohammad Yama Aini, an Afghan diplomat with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations physically assaulted his wife resulting in her admission to emergency care in Queens, New York. He couldn’t be charged because of diplomatic immunity. This is not the first time an Afghan diplomat has committed violence against…

July 24, 2017 FWW Admin

Negah My mom called me to thread the machine needle for her. Her sight has been suffering. As I sat there watching her sew my pillow cases that I have been stubbornly asking to be done as soon as possible, she brings up my latest proposals and the consequences of…

July 2, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

When he touched her, She never wanted it, but that was never his concern. When he raped her, He said he was strong and he could do anything he wanted. He tried to take away her dreams. He thought he had the power to destroy her world. He said, “If…

May 10, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada I leave my hair in the hands of the wind. It doesn’t matter who sees it anymore. You, the people who don’t blink When you watch a woman’s stoning, Why do you lose sleep over my hair? I am a woman; made of stones And stoned, before your…

May 10, 2017 FWW Admin

I am free Shamila Mohammadi I know you don’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. I can’t believe that I am the same woman Who grew tall under your fists. The same woman you tortured Now breathes freely far from you. I still remember The day I promised myself…

April 25, 2017 Maryam Laly

Maryam Laly How many dreams, hopes, and relationships have been shattered because of this phrase, “What would people say?” Aspirations are useless in a world where for people around you the sole purpose of your existence is to fit in one specific box, even if that comes at immense costs….

March 23, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra W. I sat at a corner with my back to the wall. I touched my face with my trembling hands. My mom came with a cup of water and a towel. She cleaned and caressed my face. Her tears were non-stop. “I wish your dad hadn’t treated you and…

December 5, 2016 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers Staff Gender-based violence is a global problem that continues to stifle women and girls and prevent them from living full lives. In fact, around the world one in three women has faced physical or sexual violence. That is a staggering statistic, but it is also the reality…

September 26, 2016 Hadisa Osmani 1Comment

Hadisa Osmani Since 2001, millions of Afghan girls have returned to schools, but many don’t feel safe. © 2016 Rada Akbar When I arrived at school that day I noticed all the students standing around the yard. They seemed terrified and nervous. I asked one of…