She Is …

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She is not a commodity to be hidden,
under black Hijab.
Worthless people do not know the worth
of others.

Mother of the Nation

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Uneducated, like most here,
In my poor province,
They cannot know
the woman as a human
In the village of life.

Reach High

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Let’s move together,
My Sisters,
and fight for our rights.

Heaven Doesn’t Need a Key

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The key is within you.
Open Heaven’s door with love,
With kindness, honesty.
Find paradise where you are.

The Big Wedding Party

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Khadija‘s father was a serious and angry man. He wanted his son-in-law to hold a big wedding party for him and he thought he should buy lots of jewelry for his fiancé.

An Afghan Girl Educates Herself (part 2)

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Now my younger sisters will not be forced to marry a man who sees women only as feeble-minded, second-class citizens or weak members of society.

An Afghan Girl Educates Herself (part 1)

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The Mullah laughed and turned to the girls and teased: “Oh, I will see how you girls will go to school!”

Snapshots from Herat

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It is very difficult for a young woman to be a photojournalist in Afghanistan. Every day I face many problems in the city while taking photos.

Nelson Mandela, an Inspirational Hero

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I have wanted to go to South Africa ever since reading about Nelson Mandela’s hard work for peace and his anti apartheid movement.

Tales from the Kabul Workshop: Gender Discrimination

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Editor’s note: Yesterday (December 6, 2013), the Kabul Writers Group marked the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign with a workshop on forms of gender discrimination. Here are some of their stories.