Afghan Women's Writing Project: Be Thankful for Your Freedom

During my university years, I went for one academic year to the U.S. on a fellowship program. There, I felt how educational life is wonderful, how much freedom is worth and how my life was wasted. I was in the U.S. when Mom called me and begged me to return to Afghanistan. My cousin was putting pressure on my family, and my dad and brothers had beaten my mother. I returned because I felt devoted to my mom. ...more

It is devastating to read this. What can we do to help? There must be a way for women who want ...more

I Am for Sale, Who Will Buy Me? The Epilogue in Afghanistan

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up from the essay that ran in January, I Am For Sale, Who Will Buy Me?, by a writer who faced a forced marriage. Thanks to an outpouring of help from readers and others, she was able to match the bride price and buy her freedom. This is what her life has been like since then. ...more

Wonderful pieces of writing.
This "uncle" is a sadist and a control freak. How sad that the ...more

Because I Could Not Walk With My Feet, I Walked With My Hands

(Ed. Note: This essay is part of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project founded by novelist Masha Hamilton. Under the project, Afghan women write in secure online workshops taught by published American novelists, poets, memoirists, screenwriters and journalists. The strongest pieces are posted online on a blog. The AWWP is aimed at giving women a voice at a time when Afghanistan appears to be growing more conservative. The project encourages participants to claim their own stories and publishes them under their first names.) ...more

What a powerful testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. May she continue to grow in ...more

Afghan Women's Writing Project: I Am for Sale, Who Will Buy Me?

(Ed. Note: This essay is part of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project founded by novelist Masha Hamilton. Under the project, Afghan women write in secure online workshops taught by published American novelists, poets, memoirists, screenwriters and journalists. The strongest pieces are posted online on a blog. The AWWP is aimed at giving women a voice at a time when Afghanistan appears to be growing more conservative. The project encourages participants to claim their own stories and publishes them under their first names. In very rare cases—and this is one—the writers, who are well-known to AWWP, feel they can only safely share beyond the project if they do so anonymously.) ...more

We really don't know how much we have it made in the Western World. I was truly touched by this ...more