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

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…

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…

April 28, 2017 FWW Admin

A Better Day Will Come Hosnia Mohseni Sister, The day will come when you and I will fly Over the proud hills of our land. A day will come when the doors won’t be locked And falling in love will not be a crime. You and I will let our…

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 10, 2017 Roya Saberzada

Roya Saberzada Here, at Free Women Writers, we spend a lot of time speaking about the issues and obstacles we, Afghan women, face. From street harassment to the various forms of sexual, physical and emotional violence at home and at work places, it is hard to find a woman who…

February 18, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi

Marzia Nawrozi Like other girls in Afghanistan, I couldn’t go to school during the six years of Taliban’s dark regime. My mother sent me to our neighbor’s house to learn sewing. I had to use her old sewing machine for a year. The second year when I learned how to sew…

February 15, 2017 FWW Admin

Laila Darwishi Believe me when I say I am not only a muse for your ghazals. I do not split into stanzas like your poems. I come with new songs myself. You write about how delicate women are. I speak of our courage. You write of the blush on my…

February 7, 2017 FWW Admin

Hosnia Mohseni I can be beautiful and put together Without an occasion Just for my own gaze, And I can not. For my own happiness, I can adorn myself, Darken my eyes with kohl and color my lips And I can not. I can be angry, I can laugh, I…