A Tale of Two Teenagers: Malala and Anisa

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My heart breaks; my eyes weep; my body is burned out for our Afghan girls who are losing their lives in the fight for girls’ rights in Afghanistan.

I Apologize

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I apologize not because I am a weak person,
or because I am shy,
or powerless, or immature, or poor.

The Conservative Jihad on our Media

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By declaring jihad against the media, women will continue to be repressed, but without the world knowing.

Islam and the Anti-Violence Law

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People always argue that Islam says a man can marry four wives, but they don’t know circumstances under which God gave this permission.

Why the Girls Get Sold

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The news was about a six-year-old Afghan girl who was going to have to marry a seventeen-year-old teenage boy because her father didn’t have money for his wife’s medical treatment.

On My Way to University

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Suddenly the man began abusing her by yelling, “You slut! Women have money to buy dresses and make-up, but you do not have money to buy the holy Quran.”

The Taliban Committed Suicide Near My Office Today

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I still see the scare in that little boy’s eyes and saw how his heart was beating fast. His kindness saved me from possibly dying during the attack.

Escape Abroad: Afghans Leave Their Country

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Recently a group of staff members of the Afghan parliament traveled to Europe to participate in a five-day leadership workshop. But in what seems to be a regular occurrence, four of the five did not return to Afghanistan.

Gulniz, Victim of Violence

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Gulniz was brave and told her husband on their wedding night that she had been raped and was not virgin. Her husband promised to keep her happy.

Fighting for Women’s Rights at Kabul University, part 2

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After I got a job I found new friends who worked for women’s rights and also wanted to raise women’s voices in their communities.