AWWP Celebrates National Poetry Month

Heart of a Warrior

She looks out at you, abroad, in your newspapers,
from your websites, and she knows you are looking


Latest Stories & Essays


Meeting First Lady Rula Ghani

While we were shaking hands I said that I liked how she speaks her mind, and she responded: “To speak your mind, you need to have a voice.”


The Streets Are Also Mine

I am blessed with a great family who supports equal education for girls and boys.


Their Hearts Were Made of Stone

In the Dari language, farkhunda means “happiness.”

Latest Poems


Don’t Let Mother Know

Do pray for me
For I will die.
Nothing is left
Bye bye.



Hands make my frigid winter warm,
change my dry desert to sweet-scented roses
light the dark sky till it’s full of star shine,
and then, write me a song of love


To Today’s Man from Today‘s Woman

Today’s women are educated
We’re skilled in technology
We are doctors and we can treat you now!

Latest AWWP News

Jillian Campion

When Silence Is Not An Option: AWWP Writers Inspire at Nassau Community College in New York

On March 9th, AWWP writers Marzia and Mahnaz spoke to students at Nassau Community College as part of NCC’s Women’s History Month program. They wowed the crowd with their writings and their remarks regarding the status of Afghan women as well as their hopes for the future.


Her Force Lives On: Afghan Women Bear Witness to Farkhunda’s Murder with Poetry

As we begin National Poetry Month in the United States, we offer this powerful piece from Stacy Parker Le Melle, who shares the poignant work of poets from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), a program that helps women and girls write about their lives and dreams.


Masha Hamilton: Amplifying the Voices of Afghan Women

AWWP founder Masha Hamilton profiled by AWWP mentor Liz Titus in Ms. Magazine.

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.