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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No Arrests Made in Journalist Killings

The Taliban lured a young radio journalist Palwasha Tokhi from her home in Mazar-i-Sharif and killed her—because she was a female journalist.

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Watching the News

“You know what, Sameya, it is not good to generalize and judge the whole nationality by only a few of them who are involved in the conflict.” He added, “It is improper to judge a nationality.”

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Teaching Math Didn’t Add up Right

Candidates take an exam, the department reviews the exams, and says the results will be known after one or two weeks and those who pass can teach in a school.

Latest Poems

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An Endless Ambition

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

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Decent by Nature

As surely as the sun raises its head, we women are blessed.

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God’s Tears

Once upon a time, I walked on the clouds, talked
to the moon, listened to the stars, laughed with the sun,
jumped up and down with the rain drops
into a deep ocean

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.