October 8, 2015 FWW Admin

Hosnia Mohseni This world belongs to me too. The streets are mine too. Believe me: I am tired. I am tired of stepping behind your steps. Let me walk next to you. I am tired of being called the second sex. I am tired of being referred to as “half-brained.”…

October 8, 2015 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai Girl, You only have today. Maybe when you wake up tomorrow Your school will be burned And your black uniform and white scarf Will be drowned in the well of never-ending miseries. Stand up! Girl, hurry. Maybe tomorrow they will have made you a sex slave. Do not delay….

October 1, 2015 FWW Admin

Roya Habibi If you are a woman, they judge you. They scrutinize your every smile, Your face, which you didn’t choose, Every strand of your hair Which dares to fly out of your scarf Without taking notice of those Who seek their faith in your body, Your spirit and your…

August 12, 2015 FWW Admin

I know you are afraid When I stand tall and proud, when I speak up. You get angry. You call me an “infidel” Because you are afraid. But why? I am a woman and you a man. We both have a place here. I am not here to occupy yours….

August 6, 2015 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai The woman was waiting for the reluctant sun to rise. Her entire body was in pain and her tear burned her face like drops of acid. She closed her eyes and waiting for sunlight though she knew that closing her eyes would not ease the pain she felt…

August 6, 2015 FWW Admin

Artwork by Roya Saberzada   Angiza Karimi Scream your existence. You are a human. Say it loud: My eyes are not sinful. My heart is not deceitful. My words are not unchaste. My hair does not lead to fitna.* My hands are not corrupted with blood….

August 6, 2015 Hadisa Osmani

Despite being far from the capital city and not having enough resources and facilities, Sare 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 peace…

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…