Masooma introduction

Masooma was born in a small village in 1994 and moved to the capital city a few years ago to experience modern conveniences for the first time. Living in the village, she dreamed of going to school and being surrounded by books. She says: “Education and knowledge will give me enough power to fight the hardships of life and ignorance of my society. I will be a doctor or engineer or a sociologist who can help her society.”

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow


Yesterday my sister was afraid of going outside,
Today my sisters are going to school,
And tomorrow they will work outside of the home

Wicked Witch

dorothy and the wicked witch of the west

She looked evil, just like I’ve heard.
But then, something special happened—
I saw a light inside her heart

Alone Girl Alone


Sometimes I am tired of being an alone girl,
I am tired of people looking at me as a bad girl.

I Feed Myself


They will never let me be a vampire —
they don’t want a woman among them.

The Protest

2009 protest against Shia Family Law

Sleeping shouts
Came out for the first time in their lives
Because they were tired of injustice

Have a Look at the Last Ten Years


Consider Parwin, the sixteen-year-old girl who agreed to marry an old warlord if he would stop fighting against the government.

My Little Angel

Masooma's sister

Can she go to school?
No I will not let them
Destroy her dreams. I will fight
for my little angel, and my other sisters in my land

My Dear Mom


I was here:
when you went to bring me food,
when you left home with your white sandals

The Secret Women’s Boxing Team


We couldn’t tell anyone that we boxed, not even our families, because it would have been too dangerous.