Free Women Writers

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In August 2013, another Afghan activist and I formed a collective of writers and activists in Afghanistan and the diaspora to defend women's human rights and promote gender equality. With a bold and grassroots feminist agenda, we've worked for the past four years- without grants and only through individual donations- and as volunteers, to publish two books for Afghan women in our local languages and launch an online advocacy platform that reaches nearly 100 thousand people every week. Our books- including a guide for women facing violence- have reached thousands of Afghans in more than seven provinces. We've also been able to publish poetry, narratives, journal entries, reports, and articles by more than 150 Afghan women and our male allies. Together, we are working to create a grassroots network and a safe space for Afghan women to tell our own stories in our own voices- without censorship or fear- to bring change and end violence against women. Our work is especially important in Afghanistan, where according to UN Women nearly 90% of women have faced violence. Thank you for considering us. It will enable us to do so much more. To learn more about our work visit our website

Noorjahan Akbar

Kabul, Afghanistan


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Sara Hubbard