An AWWP First! Please Support Our Campaign

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project now has…drumroll please…tote bags!

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Now you can show your support for Afghan women and their free expression any time you leave the house. For a donation of $50 or more, a brand-new, first-ever AWWP tote bag will be yours!

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If you’d like multiple tote bags, please
email contact@awwproject.org with instructions
after you have donated.

Please know that your support helps us keep going and growing. We’ve just had our first workshop in Ghazni province. In addition to our nine English online workshops, we’ve just opened our second Dari online workshop, and are preparing to open our first Pashto workshop. Our writers continue to share and polish the most powerful writings you’ll find posted, week after week, on any website out there. We may be biased on that point—but that doesn’t mean we’re wrong!

We are truly grateful for the support our community has shown us during this 2015 Campaign for AWWP. So far this May, we have raised over $5000. Can you help us get to our goal of $25,000?  All donors this month will be recognized on the AWWP website.

Your donations help us give voice and encouragement to those who fight discouragement on a daily basis. This week, we published the poem “What Should I Write?” by fourteen-year-old Zahra W. If you have a moment, read her words.  In one poem, she tells us exactly what’s at stake.

What Should I Write?
By Zahra W., age 14
 
What should I write about Afghan women?
Their lives or deaths
Dreams or nightmares
Happiness or sadness
Darkness or brightness
I don’t know, I don’t know
 
What should I write about Afghan women?
Men’s fanaticism or women’s unity
Men’s violent society or women’s bravery
Men with guns and stones or women with pen and paper
Men with closed minds or clever and kind women
 
I don’t know, I don’t know
I hear voices, horrible voices
I don’t know what they want
Men are telling me 
You must stop writing
We will tear your paper and break your pen if you don’t stop
These voices are insufferable
I don’t know, I don’t know
 
Angry men
Dark night without any light
horrible voices shriek and threaten

But they cannot stop me
They cannot stop me 
I am not afraid
I will write and reflect women’s pain
Women’s feelings and desires
We will unite in our struggle to gain our rights
Until we succeed

From all of us at AWWP, thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting our organization!


Source : awwproject[dot]org
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