Featured Stories & Poems

The High Price of Freedom of Speech

Sitting in my room, a writer isolated in exile, I think about the five French cartoonists killed in their office yesterday.


On Killing the Cartoonists

Charlie Hebdo’s staff knew what they were doing; they knew the risk they were taking and I think they thoughtfully made cartoons to outrage Muslims, which succeeded, and led to their own deaths.


I Am Charlie

The pen in the hand of a writer, a journalist, or a cartoonist can be the voice of people.


Latest Stories & Essays


Why Peace and Women’s Rights Matter

Every day early in the morning a woman with her five children walked fast and said, “Run my child run, walk in front of me so that I can see you, take your sister’s hand, be careful.”


A Dream

The charming breeze of spring caressed my face and made everything more attractive—the red and purple blossoms, white clouds and blue sky, the bubbling stream and chirping birds.


Saving Jamila

Jamila’s family knew about the beatings, but to save their pride, they wanted her to stay silent and tolerate the violence.

Latest Poems


For Bamiyan

Bamiyan, you are the best place I’ve ever seen.
Your beautiful green lands and hills
Your high, snow-capped mountains
Your highland villages with kind, hospitable people.



Boom! Boom! Boom! Afghanistan’s morning
Alarm clock rings


The World in My Imagination

Some wear smiles
Some wear tears

Latest AWWP News


AWWP Executive Director Position

We are sorry to announce that Richelle McClain, who has stepped up to every challenge flung her way as AWWP co-Executive Director, is moving on at the end of the month.


AWWP Event in Brooklyn on December 5, 2014

Brooklyn students collaborate with Afghan poets in The Passerine Project on Friday, December 5, at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies Auditorium.


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Check this space every day from now until International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 to find new poems or essays by AWWP writers for 2014’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence global campaign.

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.