Heart of a Warrior


She looks out at you, abroad, in your newspapers,
from your websites, and she knows you are looking

Is Unity More Than a Slogan?


Who can guarantee that the two sides can continue with national unity in the future? Who will guarantee that the losing candidate won’t continue to object to the winner?

Rabia A. introduction

Rabia A. was born in what she describes as an open-minded family. She has a degree from Kabul University and works for an international foundation. She has seen women suffer from all kinds of violence and she wants to bring their stories to light in order to change society’s views.

Marriage Tradition and a Murder

red in cemetery

God created the first woman, Bibi Hawa, from a left rib of Baba Adam in order for man and woman to be equal. Otherwise God could have created her from the feet of Adam so she would always serve him and have no rights.

For Nilab, Forced to Marry at Thirteen

too young to wed

When the wedding party ended she was taken to her in-laws’ home and from the first day of her marriage, her husband and her in-laws wanted her to become a prostitute.

Five Sisters

five girls

Sometimes, I wish for our childhood again
To go with my sisters to the shop and buy chocolates

The Women’s Vote

women voters

If an Afghan girl can make decisions about her life and be married at the age of sixteen—a step that affects her whole life under the civil laws of Afghanistan—why can’t she vote?

Qudsia’s Three Children

three in cart

The new wife didn’t like the three children and she wanted to send them to an orphanage.