Featured Stories & Poems

Rethinking a Wedding Tradition

When two people perform the Nikah ceremony and decide to start their life together, they commit to being together for the rest of their lives. They agree to be life partners. But the groom pays all the expenses of the engagement and wedding parties. So already, they are not partners.


Let Us Try Peace

Your sky is clear and serene with different stars
Mine is smoggy and dark because of wars


Residents Fled When Taliban Attacked

The Taliban threatened to kill my cousin who is a radio journalist once they found out there was a female journalist in Kunduz.


Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is pleased to begin our participation for a fifth year in the global Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign from Nov. 25 through Dec. 10—International Human Rights Day.


Latest Stories & Essays


It Is a Frightening Life in a Violent Patriarchal Society 

In remote areas of the country the men in power conduct courts that have no legal basis and credibility and punish people, especially women, for small “crimes.” They do not follow the constitution of Afghanistan, and they use brutal and inhumane punishments like death by stoning.


Sabzina Studies Secretly at Night for University Degree

One night Pari cried and said, “Mother, my grandpa said he will kill you because you are out of the home at night and that means you are not a good woman.”


The Girl Who Got to Be a Teacher

In many regions the Taliban is still a big issue for Afghan children and adults and security prevents parents from sending girls to school.

Latest Poems


My Heart Hurts

This is not just the story
Of Farkhunda in Kabul
Rukhshana in Ghor
This is the story of thousands


Picture of Black and White

Mixed up with present, past, and future,
A question reflecting in my ear:
Who am I, who am I?


I Am a Hazara

They killed you
Because you were Hazara
Because you had almond eyes

Latest AWWP News


Oh What a Night! Thanking All Who Made Our NYC Musical Benefit a Roaring Success

We are still floating on air thinking about the magic of the Passerine Project Musical Benefit on November 6, 2015 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC. The words of the women, the songs of the student songwriters, the voices of our special readers, the talents of teaching artists – they all came together to transport us, to give us a night of creativity and witness that we will never forget.


Brooklyn Students Collaborate with AWWP Poets for Night of Song!

Join us on Friday, November 6 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City for a musical benefit to support the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.  Tickets begin at $20 ($10 for students) and can be purchased here


International Day of the Girl Child 2015

October 11, 2015 is the fourth 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.