January 12, 2016 FWW Admin

Farima Nawabi She slowly opened her eyes. It was one of those nights where the entire world seems dark. The car was moving fast speed and the sky was getting lighter, as if forced by sun to take off its covers. The colors of the sky changed, but the city…

January 8, 2016 FWW Admin 1Comment

I write for you, Oh forgotten gender, Silent miracle, One who travels with dust and fog. I write for you, With the sound of voicelessness And screams of silence. For you who mourns in pain and in waiting. For you, Mother, Sister, One who was made like me, A woman…

January 7, 2016 FWW Admin

By Manizha Shahi I want stones as heavy as my trauma To throw at the chests Of the “enlightened” and the “dark minded” men Who count my steps To find proof of my promiscuity, And at they eyes that have light But seem unable to see me. I want stones…

December 15, 2015 Hadisa Osmani

Hadisa Osmani I am your daughter. When I was born, you punched the wall. You said:“Why couldn’t it be a boy?” When I was barely a teen, you married me off* For a crime your son had committed. I am the sister you sold In exchange for livestock. I am…

November 15, 2015 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai The sexual harassment of children in our society is nothing new, but we rarely speak about it. A few weeks ago, I was speaking about this issue with a few of my friends. There was six of us and every one had had a bitter experience with sexual…

November 15, 2015 FWW Admin

Sitara Hamidi Artwork: Roya Saberzada   Beautiful lady! They don’t like your social interactions And they call you a “slut.” Beautiful lady, They will take your smiles away And imprison you at home. In our culture, Women don’t laugh, they will say. Be silent. Here, they interpret your smile As…

November 15, 2015 FWW Admin 1Comment

Farzana Akbari It has become so easy for people to have access to social media that even in Afghanistan you often see youth buying mobile phones to be connected to the virtual world. Social media, especially Facebook, has given people the ability to share their thoughts, dreams and interests with…

November 15, 2015 FWW Admin

Artwork by Roya Saberzada Mahbooba Mufid Panah It was 1998, during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, when I learned I had become a woman. I learned that I had to wear a burqa like my mother and older sister and I that was not allowed to leave the home without a…

October 30, 2015 FWW Admin

Fatima Ashoori Girl: Move with all your might. Do not waver if you feel small. Do not wonder if they consider you human or not. Love what you have in hand, For love is the way to grow. Let love be your habit, Not your relationships. It does not matter…

October 27, 2015 FWW Admin

Hosnia Mohseni My land: The most dangerous place for me. The landscape, the hills, and every rock in this land is a witness to me pain. For being born a woman, I have been given a sentence. For me, being a woman has been being in chains, Being tortured, And…

October 27, 2015 FWW Admin

Ateka Afzali My world ends at the walls around my house. I see beyond these borders from the windows. When I look at the clear blue sky, The power lines break it into pieces And draw around the doves of my freedom. I cannot touch the green trees, Or sit…

October 27, 2015 FWW Admin

Neelab Hakim A friend gifted me a decorative mask. It was the smiling face of a woman painted blue as beautiful and clean as the sky with green lines as pure as nature and cheeks that stood out with an endless smile. Its eyes shined as if it was hiding a…