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 31, 2017 Aisha Azimi 1Comment

“Je ne suis jamais tombée amoureuse,” explique Mejgan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, à ‘Too Young to Wed’ (Trop jeune pour se marier). Elle fait partie de ces enfants déjà mariés. En effet, toutes les minutes, 28 autres jeunes filles comme Mejgan se retrouvent mariées alors, encore mineure. En…

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 17, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Leena Alam is a well-known actress and advocate from Afghanistan. She has won awards for her roles in movies including Unknown, Moving in a Circle, and Qamar, and is celebrated as the star of a feminist show titled Shereen that aired on Afghanistan’s most prominent Television station, Tolo. In addition to…

June 22, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Pary Shuaib Arzo Wardak’s name is familiar to many Afghans in the diaspora. She is a fierce advocate for Afghanistan and a tireless aid worker – who works for increased rights and opportunities for refugees. Arzo splits her time between the United States of America and refugee camps in Greece…

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 16, 2017 Pary Shuaib

From getting threats from terrorists to facing harassment on the streets, it is not easy being a woman journalist in Afghanistan. The obstacles, however, have not stopped many from breaking barriers and telling Afghanistan’s stories through a variety of mass media that has recently become widespread across the country. Among…

March 31, 2017 FWW Admin

Wadia Samadi I lost two pregnancies – one in 2014 and one in 2015. I felt grief, but I also experienced other emotions which I was not prepared for. Like many women, I always thought that after university and finding some financial stability, I would marry and have children. I…

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…

November 15, 2016 FWW Admin

  THE GOOD DAYS Sh. Rasouli I am a girl with a world of dreams, Brimful with the pure feeling of life. I am a girl with a backpack of eaten words And seconds overwhelmed with chaos. I am a girl. Let me think about the good days. I am…

October 19, 2016 FWW Admin

Anonymous I was at a wedding party with my mother when we saw a beautiful young woman enter the hall. My mother’s eyes immediately began tearing up and she sighed. When I asked her why she was saddened, she said that the woman was once her brother’s wife. “My brother…

August 27, 2016 FWW Admin 2Comment

Humaira Saqeb Part I When we analyze Afghan women’s struggle for their freedom in all its glory, we notice one key element. Despite living in a traditional patriarchal society where women are automatically seen as less, seeking equality and rights has been a shared concern for women throughout history. Despite…