Afghanistan – Afghan Women’s Writing Project Innovative Online Approach to Documenting & Advocating for Women’s Rights
Author: Womens UN Report Network
Date: February 22, 2017
“I would like to tell the world that we Afghan women and girls tolerate being hungry, thirsty, and poor, but we never give up our aims, and we are trying to live in a peaceful and safe country.”
— AWWP storyteller
November 10, 2016 – After decades of war and occupation, Afghanistan continues to face tremendous challenges. While the current government supports gender equality and women’s rights, daily conditions for women and girls have improved little. Rates of gender-based violence are high; the Taliban persists in its attempts to assert control; and the legacy of the ongoing conflict has left nearly 80% of women unable to read and write. Since 2009, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) has helped hundreds of Afghan women craft essays and poems and share them with the world. These writings enable thousands of readers each month hear directly from Afghan women on issues of personal, cultural, and political significance.
The stories are currently being showcased on the AWWP web site and circulated widely via social media, to bring attention to women’s creativity and the realities of every-day life in Afghanistan. AWWP plans to share them in local communities across the country, as a way of encouraging women’s cultural and civic participation and expanding the organization’s oral storytelling project, which engages non-literate women in sharing stories as recorded testimony and broadcasts their narratives on radio outlets.