The Afghan Women’s Writing Project: ‘To Tell One’s Story is a Human Right’

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In May 2009, Masha Hamilton founded The Afghan Women’s Writing Project, also known as AWWP. Their mission statement is simple, straight to the point, and pierces the heart with its truth: “To tell one’s story is a human right.”

Hamilton is a journalist, published author, and founder of the AWWP as well as the Camel Book Drive. She spent five years as a journalist in the Middle East, and also taught in Afghanistan.

Hamilton was compelled to create the AWWP after witnessing footage of an Afghan woman named Zarmeena being executed in 1999. She was sentenced to death for allegedly killing her husband. The execution took place in the Kabul Ghazi Stadium by the Taliban. Hamilton wanted to find out more about Zarmeena, but “few details were available and this brought home to [Hamilton] that not only were women hidden beneath burqas, but their stories were silenced.”

She then…

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