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Welcome to the Afghan Women's Writing Project

Welcome to the Afghan Women's Writing Project

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THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT (http://www.awwproject.org/) is a not-for-profit organization started in 2009 by novelist Masha Hamilton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masha_Hamilton). The volunteer-run project empowers Afghan women to have a voice in the world despite a deteriorating security situation. We believe the right to tell one’s story aloud is a human right. The women receive ongoing mentoring on a rotating basis in secure online classes. Their teachers are American women novelists, poets, essayists, screenwriters, memoirists and journalists.
THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT (http://www.awwproject.org/) is a not-for-profit organization started in 2009 by novelist Masha Hamilton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masha_Hamilton). The volunteer-run project empowers Afghan women to have a voice in the world despite a deteriorating security situation. We believe the right to tell one’s story aloud is a human right. The women receive ongoing mentoring on a rotating basis in secure online classes. Their teachers are American women novelists, poets, essayists, screenwriters, memoirists and journalists.

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THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT
(http://www.awwproject.org/) is a not-for-profitorganization started in 2009 by novelist
Masha Hamilton
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masha_Hamilton). The volunteer-run project empowers Afghan womento have a voice in the world despite a deteriorating security situation. We believe the right to tellone’s story aloud is a human right. The women receive ongoing mentoring on a rotating basis insecure online classes. Their teachers are American women novelists, poets, essayists, screenwriters,memoirists and journalists.Because safety is a pressing issue for Afghan womenwho want to further their education or tell theirstories in a public forum, we use first names onlyand do not identify the writers’ location. While afew have relatives who support their participation inour project, most do not, and write secretly. Somehave received “night letters” from the Talibanthreatening their lives. Some hide their AWWPlaptops and their project participation fromtheir fathers and uncles. Many are afraid to tell theirstories—afraid of their weaknesses as writers, andafraid no one will care. We have provided many withthe loan of a laptop and thumb drive so they canwork in a safe environment of their own choosing. For more about the birth of the project, visithttp://www.awwproject.org/about/zarmeena/
 The Afghan Women’s Writing Project
has been recognized by
The Women’s National Book Association
and the
New York State Division of Human Rights
.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Visit our AWWP online magazine (http://www.awwproject.org/)and leave comments for our writers, who often write in isolation and deeply appreciate feedback and encouragement.With a financial donation of any size, help AWWP establish an Internet café for its Kabul writers andprovide Internet service to writers based outside Kabul, so they can work in a safe environment totell their stories.Have fundraising, PR or strategic planning experience? Volunteer to work on one of our committees.

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