Featured Stories & Poems

Malala’s Courage

Malala’s story made me think about all the girls living in the Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan who can’t go to school—places like Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, and Uruzgan.

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A Tale of Two Teenagers: Malala and Anisa

My heart breaks; my eyes weep; my body is burned out for our Afghan girls who are losing their lives in the fight for girls’ rights in Afghanistan.

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Our Sons on the Field

How perfectly they played,
so calm and courteous and disciplined,
people from all religions on the playing field.

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International Day of the Girl 2014

October 11, 2014 is the third annual International Day of the Girl Child. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is supporting this United Nations-sponsored celebration with poems and stories written for this day by our writers.

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Latest Stories & Essays

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President’s Wife Must Be More Than a Symbol

In fact, all presidents of Afghanistan have been married to well educated women. The main question is whether or not these first ladies worked in support of Afghan women.

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My Sister’s Wedding

At my sister’s wedding I wore four dresses, more than anyone.

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I Dream of a Healthy Afghan Society

I want to create a national hospital in Kabul with extensions to all the provinces in Afghanistan. In this way people in Afghanistan will not have to go to other countries like Pakistan or Iran for treatment.

Latest Poems

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When I Feel Alone

With you beside me
I become mighty

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When There Is No Peace

Rivers don’t drain the thirsty lands
The sky is pale and has stopped crying…

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An Endless Ambition

I wish my blue sky
Was full of light stars
Free of fire
Clear of smoke

Latest AWWP News

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AWWP Reading in New York on Monday, October 20

AWWP Reading on Monday, October 20 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York, NY.

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Two Essays Chosen for UN’s International Day of the Girl

The United Nations chose two powerful essays by AWWP teens to include in the third annual International Day of the Girl Child celebrations in New York.

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International Day of the Girl 2014

October 11, 2014 is the third annual International Day of the Girl Child. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is supporting this United Nations-sponsored celebration with poems and stories written for this day by our writers.

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.