Featured Stories & Poems

Brave and Strong Afghan Women, Raise Your Voices!

Women in Afghanistan cannot even speak their hearts to a family member. As I write now about the problems of women in Afghanistan, my hand trembles.

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An Illiterate Maid Asks for Respect

On a rainy day I will ask them not to enter the room with muddy shoes. Some agree and wipe their shoes and treat me with respect like a mother.

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The Evening Walk, The Wild Looks

As we walked, I felt as if the trees were talking to me. I felt them say: “We feel you, Roya, we feel you!” There were some tired flowers too. The garden was like a desert without water or gardener. The weather was not so good; I felt it was nervous like me, with the wind throwing dust in our faces and eyes.

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Latest Stories & Essays

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Afghan Judicial System Has Its Hands Where They Don’t Belong

In the Afghan judicial system, women and girls accused of “moral crimes” are ordered to have vaginal tests.

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Eid Mubarak to My Family and May We Know Peace

I replied, “Thank you and same for you. I really miss you all.” But in truth I wished that nobody would wish me Eid Mubarak because then I started to cry.

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Was There Corruption in the Court?

The government has not dealt with the root problems of bribery in our government or courts. There is no overnight solution.

Latest Poems

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Injured Soul

I dangle back and forth aimlessly
My pain is profound, too deep to be healed
Sorrow made its nest in my soul

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Heart Break

When her heart rips apart
she walks off into a donkey skin.
She add wings to her shoulders
prepares to fly away

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My indisposed body desires red wine
to pour into a head filled with memories of you.
It wants to burn a cigarette and watch
as such beauty strikes the darkness.

Latest AWWP News

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Opening Hearts Full of Stories (Lake Oswego Review, Oregon)

The women of Afghanistan have many stories to tell, but they have not always had the opportunity to tell them. Now that situation is changing, thanks to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Continue reading on the Lake Oswego Review website.

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Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

If you’ve wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives, and do so in English, the best place to go since 2009 has been the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) online magazine. Twice a week AWWP posts new work that include fresh takes on Afghan current events, as well as personal essays and poems.

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The Afghan Women’s Writing Project Anthology Is Beautiful, Brave, and Inspiring All at Once

We all know that being a writer is hard. Being a woman writer, with all that industry bias and those glass ceilings out there, is even harder. But nothing can quite describe the daring, sometimes terrifying, experience of being a woman writer in Afghanistan — except maybe the words that Afghan women writers produce themselves.

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.