Calling All Afghan Women Writers!

Women playing basketball in Kabul

An announcement from Nancy Antle and Pamela Hart

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In recognition of this day, Afghan Voices will feature, during the month of November, as much writing from women as possible. If you are female and want to write about the topics of women’s education and empowerment that would be excellent, but you can write about whatever you’d like.

If you are an Afghan woman, of any age, we want to hear from you. Please, tell your sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and wives that we want to read what they have to say and share it on our website. If you have a female family member that cannot write — or write in English — you could interview that person and write her story for her.

Send us your essays, poems, memoirs or even short stories. You can write about yourself or about someone you read about or know — or someone who is fictional who seems real. You could write about women who clear land mines, who are police officers or cab drivers or women who are engaged in sports activities (kickboxing, bicycle racing, running etc.) that have traditionally only been done by men in Afghanistan.

We will be posting some prompts every week to give you some inspiration for writing but there is no need to wait if you have something to send us now.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Writing by Afghan writers. Editor/Publisher: Nancy Antle; Editor: Pamela Hart

Writing by Afghan writers. Editor/Publisher: Nancy Antle; Editor: Pamela Hart