What Happened to Equality?

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My land has lost its happiness, but not so much by strangers and neighbors as by us. We have oppressed ourselves.

In Search of a Champion

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Mr. President, I want you to understand Afghan women and our pains. Please listen.

Look to the Universe

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The world is more picturesque with you,
you, who were made to shine,
you, who were made to take my hand

I Call to You, Oh Afghan Men!

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Let’s create justice in our home
We cannot find justice by throwing stones on suffering women.
The meaning of justice is to be equal.

The Violence Lifted from My Shoulders When I Voted

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I stood with the women—old, young, pregnant, and disabled. No one asked how long they would have to wait.

When the Birds Sang of Freedom

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With each step I felt stronger. I remembered my husband’s instructions, but as I got closer, I began to think, Why? Why didn’t I have the right to make my own choice?

A Reminder of the Last Afghan Elections

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In the second elections I lost two people important to me. They worked as trainers for the Independent Elections Commission.

A Hymn for Freedom

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My speech is written
by my pen on white paper.

Hope for the Future

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Years ago I walked under the warm, hot sun of summer to face the challenges of a newly divorced woman with a young son.

Reality of Islam

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Real Islam says you should have an attitude of justice. But in Afghanistan I see injustice.