April 24, 2017 FWW Admin

Sonia and her classmates started wearing the burqa. They hoped it would stop the street harassment they faced on the way to school, but the harassment didn’t end. Instead, Sonia’s education did. This is the true story of an Afghan woman impacted by street harassment. Her name and other identifying details…

April 19, 2017 FWW Admin

Stalking is a form of street harassment that is prevalent in Afghanistan and impacts many women and girls negatively. With a heart full of dreams, Tahmina started taking extra classes during winter break. She didn’t know street harassment and stalking would prevent her from finishing her classes.

April 7, 2017 FWW Admin

Afghanistan’s girls love learning, but street harassment prevents many of them from pursuing their education. This is the true story of one Afghan girl impacted by street harassment. Her name and other identifying details have been changed for security reasons. Did this video inspire you? Share it with your friends.

February 13, 2017 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai Every single woman I know has experienced some form of discrimination, harassment or violence whether at home or on the streets. Street harassment is part of the everyday reality of most Afghan women. Often instead of offering support to these women, our society blames them for their own…

February 2, 2017 FWW Admin

Wodood Khan Husainy My little sister was on the phone. She was asking someone to stop harassing her. “Who is it?” I asked. “Some guy. He called a while back asking for someone else. I told him he had the wrong number but since then he calls every day.” There…

September 21, 2016 FWW Admin

Wadia Samadi These streets are mine as much as they are yours; Let me walk freely. Don’t “compliment” my body. Your whistles and comments are an insult my dignity. I am pulled into an ocean of fear. I do not consent. Why do I have to bear? No matter what…

June 11, 2016 Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar I recently realized that about ten years have passed since I took my first job in a women’s rights organization. I have learned many things over these years. Here is one of them: the oldest and most widely held myth about street harassment is that women’s choices about…

May 16, 2016 Shabana Stanekzai 1Comment

Shabana Stanekzai Street harassment exists almost everywhere in the world and Afghanistan is no exception. According to a research by Women and Children Legal Research Foundation, nine out of ten women and girls in urban communities in Afghanistan face harassment. Every woman’s experiences vary depending on the distance she travels…

April 11, 2016 FWW Admin

This article was first published on StopStreetHarassment.org To commemorate International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Free Women Writers, an Afghan blog for social justice and gender equality, called on people around the country to send photos with messages about the harassment of women and girls in public spaces. Within the first week,…

April 6, 2016 FWW Admin

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!…

March 17, 2016 FWW Admin

Marzia International Women’s Day has come and gone, but Afghan women continue to have to fight for their most basic rights. In fact, we continue to face disrespect and street harassment on a daily basis. I believe a true day of celebration for women will be when the millions of…