Fighting Gender-based Violence: Afghan Women’s Voices

Gender-based violence is a global problem that continues to stifle women and girls and prevent them from living full lives. In fact, around the world one in three women has faced physical or sexual violence. That is a staggering statistic, but it is also the reality of the lives of women around us. It is a reality each of us has the responsibility to change.

In Afghanistan, 87% of women have faced physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Free Women Writers works to decrease violence against women by highlighting the stories of women who have overcome and those who continue to resist and fight it. We write to say that gender-based violence is not normal or acceptable and that we will no longer silently tolerate it.

We write to create a safe space for women to tell their stories and know that they are not alone. On the occasion of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we asked some of our volunteers to share their messages on overcoming violence.

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