The High Price of Freedom of Speech

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Sitting in my room, a writer isolated in exile, I think about the five French cartoonists killed in their office yesterday.

Walking Woman

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This photograph started discussions of whether Muslim women can be forced to wear the hijab.

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Aida S. was born in 1999, the youngest of six children, and grew up in Takhar Province. She attends a private school and is preparing for university studies.

On Your Own Alone

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When you left me
I asked you, “What will I do”?
You said, “I will take you too.”

Winter Flight

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From Kabul, we traveled by car until it was no longer possible for a car to make its way and then we traveled on foot.

Women Working Alongside Men in India

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They work alongside men and they don’t hide behind scarves or chadors. They don’t sit inside their homes so that no men can see them.

Explosion

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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

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

How Culture Leads to Gender Violence

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Fathers, brothers, brothers-in-law, cousins, or nephews are the ones who often decide a woman’s destiny.

My Society Looks Like Jail to Me

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In our society, despite the long years of war and the ongoing bomb attacks in our streets, it is our own people who are the main cause of violence against women.