January 29, 2018 Aisha Azimi

I am a member of Free Women Writers – a grassroots collective of volunteer Afghan women writers and students – and we recently published a new book, You Are Not Alone. It’s the feminist book everyone should add to their 2018 reading lists! (George Washington University already has…) The short guidebook was written in response…

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 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 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…

August 23, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Tahmina Aminy After growing up in war in Afghanistan, it has taken me a long time to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I still wake up from horrific nightmares unable to breathe or move. The sound of bombs and rockets still shadows me through my dreams. I still…

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 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 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…