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.
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.
In works presented both in English and Dari (Afghan Persian), the women speak candidly of their lives and viewpoints, and do so unfiltered by family or news media. Books may be purchased for $18 each at the AWWP market page.
AWWP founder Masha Hamilton profiled by AWWP mentor Liz Titus in Ms. Magazine.