I am a woman who is stronger than stone but softer than a flower.
I am a woman who loves to be called brave.
I am a woman who puts her head on her mother’s knee
and kisses her hands. I am a woman who
works shoulder to shoulder with her father, just like a boy,
then massages her father’s tired legs every night.
I am a woman who works hard for her parents and country,
a woman who always wants peace,
a woman who rocks the cradle with one hand
and shakes the world with the other.

By Farahnaz

Photo by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty