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…

June 13, 2017 Pary Shuaib

American – as my passport states Afghan – as my parents reiterate Growing up, in-between In a state of red, and black, green With white skin, but feeling blue What White? The narrow American description? Or my Panjsheri porcelain representation? Which White do I check in the application? Wait -…

May 30, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi

Marzia Nawrozi I was waiting for my sister to finish her shift in the maternity hospital so we could go home together. As women passed by, I could see their concerned faces. Every so often a woman would quickly walk out of the gate to pass good news to the…

May 23, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada Her name is Sara Bahai and she is known as the first woman taxi driver in Afghanistan. I have always been in awe of her independent spirit and bravery. Sara started working as a teacher and became the breadwinner of her family when the Taliban killed her brother-in-law…

May 10, 2017 Rawina Saberzada

Rawina Saberzada I leave my hair in the hands of the wind. It doesn’t matter who sees it anymore. You, the people who don’t blink When you watch a woman’s stoning, Why do you lose sleep over my hair? I am a woman; made of stones And stoned, before your…

May 10, 2017 FWW Admin

I am free Shamila Mohammadi I know you don’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. I can’t believe that I am the same woman Who grew tall under your fists. The same woman you tortured Now breathes freely far from you. I still remember The day I promised myself…

May 8, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra WZ There isn’t always a man behind a successful woman. Sometimes there is her strong spirit, That promised to break all barriers And never give up. Sometimes behind a successful woman, Stands a role model, A fighter, another brave woman, A woman whose words are a poem of hope And…

April 28, 2017 FWW Admin

A Better Day Will Come Hosnia Mohseni Sister, The day will come when you and I will fly Over the proud hills of our land. A day will come when the doors won’t be locked And falling in love will not be a crime. You and I will let our…

April 25, 2017 Maryam Laly

Maryam Laly How many dreams, hopes, and relationships have been shattered because of this phrase, “What would people say?” Aspirations are useless in a world where for people around you the sole purpose of your existence is to fit in one specific box, even if that comes at immense costs….