December 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Rahiba Rahimi, 24, is the President of Laman, Afghanistan’s first domestically-produced clothing line. With its unique style, marrying traditional embroidery and colors with modern and versatile silhouettes, Rahiba and her team are redefining the country’s fashion. Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The brand has been featured in Deutsche Welle, France…

December 5, 2017 Rohina Sediqui

I am a teacher in Kabul. Ali and Tahir are two of my student. They are seven years old. The two boys have so much in common. They are brilliant in Math. They don’t give into the pressure and take time to think and come up with their own answers….

November 30, 2017 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers just won the Global Thinkers Forum‘s 2017 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment! We are incredibly honored and energized to be recognized for telling the authentic stories of Afghan women. Our contributor Awesta Telyar Azada had the opportunity to attend the award ceremony on our behalf. Below is…

November 27, 2017 Wadia Samadi

Written by Wadia Samadi I wake up every morning scheming my escape But what about my children? Who will believe me? Who will give me a home? Years go by And I am still waiting When will this end? My makeup does not cover my bruised face My smile does…

November 25, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Fariha There is a common misconception in Afghanistan- and perhaps around the world- that education or high-income women don’t experience violence at home. Often, in discussions about gender-based violence, women are told to get an education and earn an income to be independent and free themselves of violence. This can be…

November 21, 2017 FWW Admin

Zahra Khawari, a young student at Kabul University, committed suicide after her thesis was rejected repeatedly by a professor at the veterinary department. According to Etilaat e Roz Newspaper, Zahra, who came from an impoverished family in Daikundi Province, was instructed to write her thesis on a topic related to…

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 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…

October 11, 2017 Aisha Azimi

“In my whole life, I never felt love,” 15-year old Mejgan told Too Young to Wed. She was a child bride, and not the only one. In fact, every minute 28 girls like Mejgan get married before the age of eighteen. Today is International Day of the Girl and we…

October 4, 2017 Maryam Laly

Afghanistan lost an icon for human rights last week. Born in Kandahar, Sima Wali was a tireless advocate for Afghan refugees and women throughout her life. She was one of only three women at the historical U.N.-organized Bonn Conference after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. At the conference,…

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…