August 6, 2015 Hadisa Osmani

Hadisa Osmani Despite being far from the capital city and not having enough resources and facilities, Sar-e-Pul was secure. One of the things that gave people hope was this that students could go to school without fear, however the last month the city has changed drastically in this regard. People’s…

August 5, 2015 FWW Admin

Artwork by Roya Saberzada If respecting women, demanding equality, not harassing women in public spaces, defending women’s human rights and protesting discrimination and violence against girls and women makes men “weak” and “girly,” I am very proud to say my father, brothers and friends are “girly” and “weak.” Good men…

August 5, 2015 Shabana Stanekzai

Illustration: Saeed Achakzai/Reuters Shabana Stanekzai It was nearly the time for mid-afternoon prayer. I left home nervously. Kabul streets were desolate. People were inside either for prayers or to escape heat. I was nervous stepping out of the home alone. I looked at my feet several…

August 2, 2015 FWW Admin

By Munera Yosufzada My neighbor, Parasto, visited us yesterday. She told me about how after her husband’s death, her father-in-law had taken her daughter from her. “I am still getting used to not being with my child,” she said. “Every night, I pray for her happiness and that she will…

July 28, 2015 FWW Admin

Farima Nawabi In our society, from day one, we teach our daughters that they must respect and be afraid of men and masculinity, but we teach our sons that respecting women is a matter of shame. We teach boys that viewing women as equals makes their masculinity questionable. Sometimes, we…

July 22, 2015 FWW Admin

Nilofar Dayan The nights of Kabul are truly terrifying. If you are a woman, you are scared of the shadows walking behind you. If you are a woman, you are scared of those who walk past you quickly. If you are a woman, It is enough for someone to follow…

July 10, 2015 FWW Admin

Maryam Ataeie A woman carrying pocket-sized books walked around the bazaar saying: “Books for women. Educational books for cooking, nail painting, keeping your husbands happy, preserving skin youthfulness…” Are these really the only needs of women? Women who are educated, have an income and an understanding of their societies… is…

July 10, 2015 Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar I have been lucky to have incredibly supportive men in my life. My father has always fought for my rights as well as that of my sisters and other women. My brothers have taken pride in the work that I do, protested with me, argued with their friends for…

June 24, 2015 FWW Admin

Zahra A.   You and I, we are equal. Men of my society, The mullah who gives fatwas at the mosque, Who declares music haram And entices my brother and father To prevent me from education And you, who thinks That because I am a woman I must be silent,…

June 24, 2015 FWW Admin

Sitara Hamidi Life starts at this moment: The moment you choose To live on your own terms, The moment you choose To step forward, The moment you choose To fight for your freedom and your rights, The moment you choose To put an end to it all, The rumors and…

June 24, 2015 FWW Admin

Sana Arab Scream, woman. Scream your silence, Your throat And the quiet storm of death Soaring inside you. Call for freedom With the sound of broken pens And the wails of battered lips. Free your voice And don’t be afraid Not even a little bit Neither of their stones, nor…

June 24, 2015 FWW Admin

Nilofar Langar To all women for I love them Let’s believe in living freely, Laughing freely and crying unabashedly. Let’s believe in the words of love When they rise out of a coffin. Let’s light on fire the dried hay stacks of arrogance. Dance with me. Give me your heart’s…