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,

Gender Divide


I can fall in love
And leave when I tire of it
I can smoke while walking freely
under the rain …

Misunderstanding Rape


The cultural ideology that women are property, devoid of rights or dignity, is the fundamental reason rape is perpetuated in Afghanistan.

American Troops Please Stay


If they leave too soon, Afghanistan will become insecure for Afghans living here and also for visitors. Our country will be secure only for terrorism and terrorist activities.

Why Fear


I wanted to dance. Fear locked my feet and arms.
I wanted to shout back at men on the street.
Fear told me only bad girls talk back… don’t shame your family…

An Eternal Journalist


My voice does not shake when I speak
I look in your eyes
And ask my questions
Standing upright like Hindu Kush

Lessons of Love and Forgiveness


I have one question for you, dear readers. Are we always able to forgive our oppressors?

My Sister’s Wedding


At my sister’s wedding I wore four dresses, more than anyone.

The Dishonored Honor of Paghman


“I can’t help but to imagine what the household men felt when they heard their women’s screams and crying while they were raped by thieves. Probably it’s the worst punishment for a man to see his honor get dishonored. God damn these rapists; they should be punished to death.”

My Glass Bangles Jingle on Eid


My glass bangles sing out
To remind me that Eid is here