Afghan Women's Writing Project
Under Islam, men and women are meant to share equal roles in the family and society.
I have heard many meanings
Life is beautiful, an endless sea of love
A broken mirror of the heart
I think people like to talk about Aryana and pay attention to what she wears because she is the best female singer from Afghanistan.
I am the mother of six: I have two daughters and four sons. Our little house is always full of love and compassion.
I had never met my fiancé until the engagement.
Instead of taking them to Iran for medical treatment as he promised, he brought them to a village in Uruzgan province and sold them to a family.
At the airport I found a man holding a piece of paper with my name on it. I walked up to him and said “Hello I am Mariam from Afghanistan.” He replied in Turkish.
There is a proverb that says women are like a piece of cloth. The parents put a price on their daughters the same way they price a piece of material for sale.
I said to my cousin, “Please don’t let him take a second wife. It is unfair to you. If he marries again what will happen to you? You will not be tolerated at all.”
Unite, my honorable compatriots.
Let us raise our voices together,
today, on International Peace Day.
History is changed by the small actions of ordinary people. —Zahra A.
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