My Brother’s Wedding


Many boys and girls marry without really knowing one another and some do not meet until the day of the wedding.



A suicide bomber tried to kill Shukria Barakzai, one of 69 female members of parliament and a former journalist who at one time ran a secret school for girls.

An Afghan Girl Dreams of Books


Last week my cousin asked me, “What do you want to have when you get rich?”

God-Conferred Human Rights


In Islam, men and women have equal rights.

International Human Rights Day 2014


We must make sure that no one has control over women’s lives and women’s bodies, but women themselves,

It Could Be Me


It makes me sad when I remember the girls getting married at age 13 in my village.

Oral Stories Project: Two Wives


I remember when I was getting married. No one asked me if I was happy. They asked my brothers if they were happy because my brothers were the ones who held my rights.

Oral Stories Project: The Nonsense Talk Creates Violence 


For the girl, the family decides whom she will marry and she does not even know who the person is.

Oral Stories Project: A Girl Is Denied Medical Treatment


What we lack is a strong official voice to counter the opponents of gender equality, those reactionary voices.

Oral Stories Project: Gender Violence Is Increasing


Sometimes my daughters ask why we pay less attention to them. “They say we are your children. What is wrong?”