The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded in 2009 in defense of the human right to voice one’s story. The empowering of Afghanistan’s women creates possibilities for economic independence and instills leadership abilities as it reinforces freedom of speech. The aim of the organization is to nurture, educate, and carry the voices of Afghanistan’s women to the world, while offering readers unique insights into Afghan culture.
Online writing workshops partner international writers, educators, and journalists with English-speaking women in five Afghan cities. Poems and essays are published each week at awwproject.org. In support of this central focus, AWWP’s program also includes: Safe Facilities for Computer Use: In 2012, AWWP opened Kabul’s 1st women-only internet caf. Equipment: AWWP provides laptops and internet service for writers. Training Workshops: In collaboration with Afghan-based agencies, AWWP provides AWWP writers with opportunities to workshop with top writers and teachers in a secure, face-to-face environment. Radio Broadcasts: At an in-house recording studio, AWWP writers record their poems and essays for broadcast on Afghan radio programs. Oral Stories: AWWP developed an oral stories component to capture the voices and stories of women who lack literacy skills. Women with Disabilities: AWWP reaches out to women with disabilities to bring them into the project. Transportation: AWWP provides safe round-trip transportation to all AWWP writers to every AWWP event.
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