I Prefer to Be Called a Woman

I Prefer to Be Called a Woman

The nurse came and told the mother in-law, “Congratulations! You have a grand-daughter.” And the mother-in-law said, “Thanks to Allah for giving us this gift although it is not a son.”

Broken Dream

Broken Dream

When the case went to the court, because Roya was a woman, she was given a woman attorney. Women attorneys do not have the opportunity to provide strong evidence in court. They are always threatened and told that women cannot do the job of the courts.

The Incorrect Tradition

The Incorrect Tradition

Farida was 15 and in the tenth grade, and she was a most beautiful, smart, and talented girl. The family never tried to find out the real facts. They married their daughter to the man who showed up at the wedding party, even though everyone understood this person had mental problems. He was psychotic. He didn’t know about women and life.

Behind Bars

Behind Bars

The day I went to visit the women’s jail in Herat Province with two other women journalists, we had to wait a long time to get permission to enter. The jail is located in the heart of the city and is secured by Afghan National Police and hidden security cameras.

A Moment to Laugh

A Moment to Laugh

Now, again, I am laughing as I think about those good moments with my classmates. I hope all Afghan women get good moments at school.

All Here Are Animals

All Here Are Animals

Today I take to the keyboard to write the saddest story, a story about a young girl who just kept repeating these words: “There are no humans here, all are animals.”

Hands to Hold My Hands

Hands to Hold My Hands

With all my heart, I want to work for Afghan women. I want to stop the violence and the lack of information for women. My goal is to improve their lives and save them from many problems.

Eid For the Rich, Not For Us

Eid For the Rich, Not For Us

As a resident of Afghanistan, I want to deliver my message for the holy period: Eid is a good opportunity for us. We Afghans should unite to make a better Afghanistan. That is what this day is for. This is a day to forgive each other. Let us forget new, expensive clothes; let us wear ordinary clothes but see a child in warm clothes.