On the Streets of Kabul

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One of the worst experiences women in Kabul have to deal with every day is harassment on the street. Every day when I go to work I see men touching, insulting, and cursing women.

The Massacre of the Hazara

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Hearing about the protests gives me hope. Knowing that people in London, Australia, Kabul, and hopefully in America are protesting to raise the Hazaras’ voices makes me happy.

Behind the Smile

smiling woman with baby

You do not want to know what hides behind the doors of my city, behind the chadors of every woman and beneath their injuries.

Can I Talk?

girl with wry smile

Can I talk?
No.
Can I go to school?
No.
Can I work outside?
No.

The Bravest Girls in the World

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I believe the Afghan girls who cannot raise their voices today will lead Afghanistan tomorrow. I ask the Taliban: How will you oppose thousands of girls standing up for their rights? You can kill one of us, you can kill two of us, but can you kill all of us?

Leaving My School for a New Adventure

marefat high school

This past year I finished ninth grade at Marefat High School. And now I am once again going to a new school.

Time to Protest

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Justice for Shakila, Justice for Women was one of the slogans I shouted in front of the Human Rights office and Parliament in a protest march.

A Girl Can Have Big Dreams

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When I was eleven I wished I could be an astronaut when I grew up. I heard there had never been a woman on the moon.

Turn Back the Clock

zorro

You might say, “This is crazy. You are only one person. You cannot fight against an entire government.” But I remind people who say this, that revolutions start with one person.

Different in Afghanistan

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Being different in Afghanistan is a crime worse than lying, worse than gossip, worse than being lazy.