Tales from the Kabul Workshop: Gender Discrimination

16days-logo

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.

Family of Love

2013-04_campaign-for-love-and-forgiveness

Play on the piano, the keys of my heart—
black, white, red and all the notes

Bittersweetness

2013-04_campaign-for-love-and-forgiveness

The triad holds us —
Life, love, forgiveness

Human Rights Day

2012-12-10_human-rights-day

I am an Afghan girl.
How sweet the taste of this word, freedom.

Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Begins

2012-16days

Because I am a woman,
I should not speak my ideas.
I should not have dreams.
I should not play football.

Queen of My Life’s Land

carolyn-cole-afghan-woman

You are the one who does not sleep, but takes care of me.
When I get married, I will have to suffer it alone.

Nowruz

spring-with-butterfly

Nowruz brings the warm spring,
making everywhere green and beautiful as paradise
New life starts

Celebrating Nowruz with Our Writers

haft-mewa

Editor’s note: Our writers in Kabul tell some of the ways they will celebrate Nowruz with their families on Tuesday, March 20th: Afghanistan’s New Year and the first day of spring.

Nature’s Origin

soil in hand

Trust an empty soil and it will grow a flower for you
whether or not you’ve seeded it.
Trust is the origin of nature.

Violence Against Women Feels Like…

16days_banner-sm

Violence burns like a piece of wood in the wood stove
Hidden under the blue scarf, her eyes are black with hot shouting