Featured Stories & Poems

Sweet Bird

Birdie bright, birdie sweet
Your position always a foothold,
But you are patient


Brave Lady: Linda Norgrove

Editor’s note: Scottish aid worker Linda Norgrove, 36, was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan on September 26th and killed 12 days later during a U.S. military rescue attempt. This is written by an Afghan woman who worked at her side prior to her kidnapping.

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The First Lesson

In my family, there were four children who needed schooling. At night, I talked with God. I asked him why the Iranians treated us that way. Were they not Muslims too? What was the difference between an Afghan child and an Iranian child? And why should an Afghan be prohibited from studying in such a way? I saw my dreams of becoming educated drifting away.

Iran classroom

Latest Stories & Essays


American Troops Please Stay

If they leave too soon, Afghanistan will become insecure for Afghans living here and also for visitors. Our country will be secure only for terrorism and terrorist activities.

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Afghan Girls, Then and Now

All Afghan women thirst for education, freedom, and choices, but who knows how long it will take to make our dreams come true?


My Multilingual Country

Hazaregi has some words that don’t exist in standard Dari, like samtoo, which means “very much.” Joor is a Hazaregi word for “hand.”

Latest Poems


Why Fear

I wanted to dance. Fear locked my feet and arms.
I wanted to shout back at men on the street.
Fear told me only bad girls talk back… don’t shame your family…


Love You

My eyes don’t tell you I love you?


For Our President

Be loyal, wise, and we
will support you through
all. You have given hope
to the eyes of the old,
the eyes of the child.

Latest AWWP News


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.


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.


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.