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The Passerine Project: Bridging Brooklyn and Afghanistan Through Song

Pam Stucky | Posted 10.02.2016 | Impact
Pam Stucky

It's easy to take for granted the things we've never been without. If we have two healthy legs, we don't think about what it means to be able to run and walk and jump. If our lungs work well, we don't give a second thought to being able to breathe.

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.30.2016 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives, and do so in English, the best place to go since 2009 has been the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) online magazine.

Giving Life to Our Voice

Pioneers for Change | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

One of the most empowering and life-affirming things we can do is to give life to a voice and stand strong in our truth. In sharing our stories, we not only empower ourselves, but inspire, empower and pave a path forward for others.

Bring LA and Kabul Together With Poetry & Song

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

At a time when most of the news about women in the developing world consists of the violence perpetrated against them, from Nigeria and the kidnapped...

Love, Forgiveness, and Pens With Blue Wings: A Curriculum

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 04.19.2014 | Education
Stacy Parker Le Melle

What would happen.../If love took over my country?/ Would we become a happy and united people/Where the world hears only happy news about us/All the t...

The Girls of Our Wildest Imagination

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

"I am a woman with a wild imagination/puppets and clowns won't steal my will/because my imagination is full of peace." - from "My Wild Imagination" by...

Dealing on Her Name, Dealing on Her Life: Afghan Women in Their Own Words

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

They've been warned. They've been told no one will listen, no one will love them if they speak up about what hurts. They've been told they'll be shu...

The Girl Who Spoke to Flowers: The Stories and Dreams of Afghan Girl Writers

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

"Sometimes I talk with flowers And I know they hear me. Most people don't know That flowers can hear us. Flowers are always quiet Because they are lis...

She Was a Child Bride and She Has Something to Tell Us

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I know I'm supposed to forgive my trespassers. But when called upon to actually forgive, I may be good at "letting go" and "moving on" but does anyone's name ever leave that ledger inside my mind, the one that keeps track of those who have hurt me?

To Be Free Like Malala: The Dreams and Fears of Afghanistan's Teen Girls

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On Saturday, lawmakers in Afghanistan's parliament refused to vote on the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Yet, read any of the poems or stories on the Afghan Women's Writing Project website, and you will be filled with hope.

Writing About Love in Afghanistan

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Why on earth shouldn't we write about love? Honestly, what is more important than than how we honor and treat each other?

When Afghan Women Write of Fatherly Love

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

As an outsider, it had been easy for me to make assumptions of how fathers treated their daughters. Despite conditions and cultural attitudes that many writers decry as deeply oppressive, many find great love and comfort within their own homes.

When Afghan Women Write of Gender Violence

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Don't expect victims. This is not to say that writers in the Afghan Women's Writing Project have never been abused by the men in their lives. But if you read their words, you will never imagine these writers as passive objects of male cruelty.

Seeing Past the Burqa on International Women's Day

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On International Women's Day, please take a few moments to not just look beyond the burqa, but also to look into the hearts and minds of these special women.

Afghan Women's Writing Project Gives Voice Without Censorship

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Laura Cococcia

Volunteer teachers staff the project and instruct Afghan women online. A few months ago, I joined as a writing tutor and had the opportunity to hear powerful stories while working with program participants on new pieces.

The BlogHer'10 Conference - Women Power Up

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marcia G. Yerman

The Hilton Hotel in New York City was packed on August 6th and 7th with 2400 attendees who had come for the 6th Annual BlogHer Conference. The last t...