Featured Stories & Poems

Change Starts Here

We have survived the unbelievable because of our terrible past. I believe I am ready for a new Afghanistan.

registration line in herat

For Nilab, Forced to Marry at Thirteen

When the wedding party ended she was taken to her in-laws’ home and from the first day of her marriage, her husband and her in-laws wanted her to become a prostitute.

too young to wed

Like a Pomegranate

The taste of human rights is like a pomegranate that
cures people from sickness
and like a salt that adds flavor to a meal.


Latest Stories & Essays


My Journey Toward Knowledge

After the fall of the Taliban, my sisters and I became the first girls in our village to start going to school.


Childhood Memories

The day gone is gone forever and only memories remain in the human mind.


In One Nation Two Can Lead

You are Afghan and our elected leaders. By working together, you both can win.

Latest Poems


Tech-less Childhood

When I was a kid,
I did not know
iPhones and tablets,
what people did on their laptops.


Gang Rape

She was 18—
returning home from a wedding,
her delicate body exhausted from dancing
and laughing, unaware of the endless night ahead.



I want to live my life like a tree—
grow without limitation,
bloom with no explanation, regulation
and die—naturally.

Latest AWWP News


Teenage Writers Workshop, September 2014

Teenage girls in Afghanistan are often caught in a conflict between fear of repressive traditions and brave hopes that their country’s postwar future will improve for women.


Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan (July 2014)

In this sixth feature in our Oral Stories series, AWWP writers went into the streets of Afghanistan’s major cities to gather the stories of poor and illiterate Afghan women during this holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 27th.


Oral Stories Project 5: Maternity and Childbirth in Afghanistan (July 2014)

Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, according to the World Health Organization, whose statistics show one in eleven Afghan women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Who is to blame?

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.