Writing began for me as an escape from my burqa, an escape from my most painful moments. – Pari
Featured stories & poems from AWWP
Afghan Women Speak Out About Terrorism in Their Country
In this space each month we will publish new opinions, essays, and poetry by our writers in Afghanistan as part of our 2016 campaign titled Fighting Violent Extremism. In this campaign our writers explore and report on the conditions imposed by these terrorists in their provinces and their country today—and the prospects they see for peace in this decade.
A short vialogue of an AWWP reading in Richmond Hill, Queens
Donate Now for Mother’s Day and Honor the Mothers in Your Life
Supporter Spotlight: Bill Woolley
In my current job, I once hosted a class involved in a community service project. Among the students was Shogofa, a young lady from Afghanistan, who is a contributing writer to the AWWP. Her story about growing up in that country fascinated me, especially since my awareness of life for women and girls there had been fashioned exclusively by mainstream media.
Until I met Shogofa, it was just another part of world news that was unfortunate and often tragic—information I understood, but which left me largely untouched in an emotional sense. I don’t mind admitting I couldn’t have even pointed out Afghanistan on a map of the world without making a lucky guess. Continue reading …
Latest Stories & Essays
His dream was to be a strong and brave member of the army police and to serve his homeland. So, now he is our little hero.read more
People from all around are coming to sell more of their possessions so they can gather enough money to move to another country.read more
The Taliban and Daesh are entrenched in eight districts of Nangarhar province and fighting against each other. Hundreds of schools have been locked and closed.read more
We are alone in a broad world
We are homeless birds
I am a girl with a pen in my hand
I write from my beloved country
She has no identity, no value.
If a woman has value, it is because of her body.
A half-figure with a fake smile.
Latest AWWP News
AWWP writers share with us many powerful stories of the mothers in their lives. This Mother’s Day, we will honor Afghan mothers by publishing new essays and poems written in their honor. You can honor the mothers in your life and help us support Afghan women writers with a special Mother’s Day donation.read more
“I remember in 2011 when I first heard of AWWP, I felt that a door had opened for me to reach my dream. AWWP is like an open notebook and each page expresses the dreams of a different hero-woman. AWWP lets women raise their voices even from behind the burqa, and shows that we can start to bring change, equality, and democracy. Who knows? Our writing might change our lives, and not only ours, but those of the people who read our work.” –Nasimaread more