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 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 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…

June 22, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Pary Shuaib Arzo Wardak’s name is familiar to many Afghans in the diaspora. She is a fierce advocate for Afghanistan and a tireless aid worker – who works for increased rights and opportunities for refugees. Arzo splits her time between the United States of America and refugee camps in Greece…

June 20, 2017 Shabana Stanekzai

Shabana Stanekzai To commemorate World Refugee Day, this poem was written by an Afghan woman whose husband is a refugee abroad. Loving a Refugee Traveler, Love can be felt In the far away land Where they call you a “refugee” And me a “woman, waiting”. When life’s fields are hit…

June 19, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

I met Batul Moradi years ago when she moved to Afghanistan in search of a new life after spending decades as a refugee in Iran. Her creativity, resilience, and unconventional independence was a mystery to me. She worked as a painter for a children’s magazine and seeing her lost in…