Writing began for me as an escape from my burqa, an escape from my most painful moments. – Pari
Featured stories & poems from AWWP
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.
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 documentary about AWWP in Kabul
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Latest Stories & Essays
Folsom, 15, has six younger brothers and sisters at home. She sells cacao, polishes boots, and collects shoes she finds in the garbage to burn at home to help keep the house warm in the winter.read more
She is a mighty woman who has raised her sons, faced discrimination, and solved her economic problems alone.read more
Most of the old women were wearing long, wide scarves in different colors, which looked like half tents blowing in the wind.read more
What is there to write that can make
The world listen
Should I talk about immigration?
About all those injured
Killed in Kabul’s attack!
No lane is named after a woman
Yet the houses lining these streets
Are crowded with women who suffer
I am a girl
From the provinces of Afghanistan.
From Ghor, Faryab, Baghlan.
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