Featured Stories & Poems

Can I Talk?

Can I talk?
Can I go to school?
Can I work outside?

two girls in red

Let Us Forgive Now

Let us not be angry. It is not our fault to be a mother at 13,
Let us be a kind mother now, and give opportunity to our children.

girl and mountain

Kill Silence

I was youngest in my family. Everyone loved me a lot when I was child. I talked very cute and because of that, all loved me. But I can remember my mother admonishing my sisters about how they should always behave like good girls, always look down when they go outside, don’t talk with anyone, just go straight there and come straight home.

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Latest Essays

girls playing soccer

Raise Your Voice for Women’s Sports

The trainer warned her that if she fell again and felt ashamed of herself she would be kicked out of the practice and she would have to run around the gym by herself until the end of training.

student in library

Studying Girl

Once a teacher said, “It’s not right for a woman to sit in the first row of this class.”


Don’t Ask A Man Who I Am, part 2

I have submitted the law to a group of women’s rights activists to work on and advocate to the Parliament to approve changes in the law. Do you want to help do something about it?

Latest Poems

british patrol

Peace Shouts

I know war, I see it every day
I see it in daylight and even in dreams
it’s a red color, it’s so cheap

mirror image


I wish you could see my hair
Brown, beautiful
I wish you could see my eyes, ocean of tears

parrot in chains


I fear the return of the Taliban regime.
Those who would confine me like a jailed bird
in a dark, narrow prison by the name of Burqa.

Latest AWWP News


AWWP Reading in Ridgewood, NJ on April 7th

A selection of poems, essays, and stories by participants of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project will be read by audience members, AWWP staff and volunteers, and special guests. AWWP believes that to tell one’s story is a human right, and this work testifies to the bravery of Afghan women and to the power of their words. Author and AWWP founder Masha Hamilton will also read from her latest novel What Changes Everything. Admission is free.

The Indomitable Spirit of Afghan Women Writers

Phil Latham of the News Journal (Longview, TX), praises AWWP’s Marzia at the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle.


International Women’s Day, March 8 2014

The work presented here was written by AWWP writers in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014. Please click to read all of the pieces.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project has been recognized by The Women’s National Book Association and the New York State Division of Human Rights.