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 12, 2017 Aisha Azimi

The youth of Afghanistan are making their unapologetic mark on the world. Just over a month ago, the Afghan Girl Robotics Team flew to Washington, D.C. to show the world just how powerful a girl can be. The team were winners before the countdown even began, but their resilience earned…

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. *…

August 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

With more than twenty years of experience in the humanitarian field inside and outside Afghanistan, Belquis Ahmadi is one of the foremost thought leaders on women, peace and security and women’s rights in Afghanistan. Currently a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, Ahmadi has worked with relief,…

July 31, 2017 FWW Admin

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 26, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

This week, Mohammad Yama Aini, an Afghan diplomat with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations physically assaulted his wife resulting in her admission to emergency care in Queens, New York. He couldn’t be charged because of diplomatic immunity. This is not the first time an Afghan diplomat has committed violence against…

July 24, 2017 FWW Admin

Negah My mom called me to thread the machine needle for her. Her sight has been suffering. As I sat there watching her sew my pillow cases that I have been stubbornly asking to be done as soon as possible, she brings up my latest proposals and the consequences of…

July 19, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Dear Sisters, Like many Afghans, I didn’t know much about Robotics, but felt deeply saddened when I heard that your visa was denied – twice – and you almost didn’t get to compete in the Washington, DC, USA FIRST Global Olympics. Most of the time, all we get from the…

July 17, 2017 FWW Admin

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…

July 10, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Yesterday, I went to a mehmanee, where I met two brilliant and beautiful Afghan sisters who recently immigrated to the United States. They desperately missed life in Kabul and were talking about how living anywhere without the love and closeness of family leaves a large, pulsating void. When I explained…

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 23, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra Wakilzada A few years ago, one of our neighbors in Afghanistan fell from his roof during the winter. He got injuries and lost his life. After his passing, his wife’s life changed drastically. A few days after his funeral, his mother took his kids and kicked out his wife…