February 10, 2018 FWW Admin

Written by Pashtana Durrani  Dare to dream Dare to be brave Dare to be a soldier Dare to question the gender pay gap Dare to smash the patriarchy Dare to educate Dare to support Dare to paint Dare to write Dare to sing Dare to laugh Dare to walk alone…

February 5, 2018 Wadia Samadi

I am my father’s daughter as a little girl, My brother’s sister. People outside of my family do not know my name; Sharing my name is a grave dishonor. Before hitting puberty, before having the chance to live my life, I am claimed by someone as their bride My name,…

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…

November 7, 2017 FWW Admin

mother i am told i have your eyes and yet what you see as life, i see as a graveyard you do not know what to do with a daughter like me a daughter you deem difficult because she does not know how to stay silent and swallow her grief…

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…

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…

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 9, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

This is a “Thank you” to all the women who provide the bulk of the world’s unpaid and unappreciated labor, but remain invisible. My hero is an exhausted mother Who sings lullabies to her kids Even though one day They may feel ashamed to call her by her name. *…

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…

June 20, 2017 Shabana Stanekzai

To commemorate World Refugee Day, this poem was written by an Afghan woman whose husband is a refugee abroad. Loving a Refugee Traveler, Love can be felt In the far away land Where they call you a “refugee” And me a “woman, waiting”. When life’s fields are hit with lighting,…

May 8, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra WZ There isn’t always a man behind a successful woman. Sometimes there is her strong spirit, That promised to break all barriers And never give up. Sometimes behind a successful woman, Stands a role model, A fighter, another brave woman, A woman whose words are a poem of hope And…