Afghan Women's Writing Project
No matter, I’m hidden
Under my burqa.
I can still walk toward my dreams
The radio talks of successful women.
It talks of women in Parliament.
It talks of girls going to school.
Hearing this good news brings me hope.
Phil Latham of the News Journal (Longview, TX), praises AWWP’s Marzia at the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle.
The work presented here was written by AWWP writers in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014. Please click to read all of the pieces.
Uneducated, like most here,
In my poor province,
They cannot know
the woman as a human
In the village of life.
This story began from me
Me as a woman
Me as a daughter
Me as a mother
I am an Afghan woman
My speech is written
by my pen on white paper.
In the absence of basic amenities, my mother had no choice but to work from sunrise to late at night.
I cherish the beauty of my dreams,
The beauty of my mind,
I know a woman
Who is not allowed to go to school.
She lives as a prisoner
she appeared immodest.
History is changed by the small actions of ordinary people. —Zahra A.
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