Finding Equality Within

SorayaTarzi

Afghan culture today creates obstacles for us, but when one of us stands up and shows that we can mark history again, we see a remarkable change in the perspective of our counterparts and society as a whole.

Marzia N. introduction

Marzia N. was born in Afghanistan in 1987, but from age four she lived in and finished high school in Quetta, Pakistan, where her family sought safety from the civil war at home. After the family returned to Afghanistan in 2005, she completed her university degree and married. She is now studying for an MBA degree. She wants to start her own business.

Waking Up to Election Day in Afghanistan

voting line in Herat

In each of her white hairs, I could see the history, the terror, the fights, and loss. She was hoping that she might get one more chance to vote.

Making Voting a Family Affair

election ink in herat

We were scared as we left the house. But when we saw security persons on all the streets we felt better.

Why Forgive

quetta mourning

Why should I forgive the people who did this?
Why don’t we learn we are all the same
Why forgive these cruelties.

Undefeated

July 2012 protest march

Beaten, yet undefeated,
she stands with great power
once again to fight.

Tomorrow’s Enemies

taliban-in-disguise

The Taliban remake themselves with every suicide attack. We see them beardless, in women’s clothing or dressed like western men in T-shirts and trousers.

Unanswered Questions

magazine stand

The first kiss must be saved for him, the husband; the first boy’s hand a girl holds must be that of her husband’s.

A Woman of Ambition

burqa

I am a woman who does not want to be judged for talking with my friends of a different gender, or for laughing out loud, expressing my ideas, fighting for my rights and going out alone. I am a woman who wants to get rid of the cage that limits my movement and my life.