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Afghan Women live in Web 2.0,

After receiving our first assignment, I found a new hope with the term, ‘Web 2.0’, a window of associated web applications, which opens ways for sharing my information and hope with all humans.
On the way back to university, in the Kabul Airport, I saw an Afghan wife, wearing a black burqa and covering her face except her two eyes. While checking with her passport, the security asked her to show up her face. She asked the husband for permission; I barely could guess that the husband refused. The guard asked again, her eyes gazed toward the husband’s eyes. And later, he nodded to open her Neqab. This did not show our culture or our religion, but a woman’s suppressed rights. She has not been taught to be in her own, and have no one to guide her to become a self-determined woman. Afghan women have to be taught, mentored, and instructed in a way that can help them and the future generation of Afghanistan. The Web 2.0 will open Afghan women’s minds toward the world of liberty. For me, the most exciting thing about Web 2.0 is that it gives us voice to talk openly on behalf of my oppressed Afghan sisters. For decades, Afghan women are kept away from communications and working for their true potential. But the Web 2.0 can build their communication back with the world women. Web 2.0 will help them to get education for getting their freedom, dignity, and identity.
By Web 2.0, women will get an open way of raising their voices through their writings to exchange thoughts in a single page, which is accessible, and then to change the world. From the histories till now, the very rooted problem for women is that people, most probably, men believe that women are illogical. As we all are human beings and do not know about the mystery of being and living and dying, but by thinking and sharing. The one solution is that Web 2.0 will bring these women together to write their thoughts and philosophy for sharing with people. Even the illiterate women can be helped, by being interviewed with the other empowered women of their communities and can be part of our page for shaking the world of darkness in order to open a way to light.

Since 2009, I am also a tiny pulse of the wide World Pulse, whatever I have experienced and hope for Afghanistan, I have shared with the people by the World Pulse. It has encouraged me to write my hopes for hopeless Afghan women; it gives me the voice that I was not born with it, and the opportunities, which I have not expected before. So, these tools in Web 2.0, creating friendship with the world women, will empower me not to be afraid of the word killers, but to believe on my own voice. After, being part of Web 2.0; I am exposed to the world and my voice is hearable by the world.



Carlotta's picture

I think you should go through

I think you should go through it again and try to delete the words that you think are not really necessary, or statements that look repetitive . For example, "Thus, I strongly believe that internet, networking, and Web 2.0 will open people’s mind toward the world of freedom of oneself." you could remove "internet, networking, and" and just say "Thus, I am convinced Web 2.0......" . The sentence would still keep its meaning after substituting words and remove those that might not be very necessary.

There is also this sentence "For example, more than half of Afghan women’s population is uneducated, they do not read, write, or communicate with others in a confident way." Would it not be possible to just say "For example, more than half of Afghan women is illiterate"? Those are my suggestions, hope you find them useful.

parwana fayyaz's picture


Thanks for your useful comments. I will let you know after editing it.

usha kc's picture

dear Parwana sis, you have

dear Parwana sis, you have written it so beautifully it's a powerful voice I felt.
to concise it,,, hummm for me it's difficult to suggest dear,, but i believe other sisters who are expert in english and writting give you good suggestion.

Adepeju's picture

Hi Parwana, Nice write up but

Hi Parwana,
Nice write up but words are limited. I think you should cut down on synonyms. E.g, “talk and speak”. Also try not to lay too many premises. Make your point short and sharp. I’m sure you are up to the task. Looking forward to reading your finished product :-)

parwana fayyaz's picture

Thanks friends:

I think, I am going to reread and rewrite it again. thanks.

transformation's picture

Hello Dear parwana , i am so

Hello Dear parwana , i am so happy reading you on afghan women and all the will and empowerment you would like to wire throught web 2.0 i wish we keep in touch and would be waiting to your further articles and stories in here .

Nosotros los más pequeños, debemos convertirnos en un nudo de resistencia en contra de la mentira y guardar la verdad, mantenerla y difundirla. (subcomandante Insurgente Marcos)

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear World Pulse Fellow:

I hope you are fine, I would love to speak about Afghan women in this way, which is safe and free.
Bests, Parwana

katyrdz's picture

afghan women

Hello Parwana! I congratulate you for your writing, but I also don't think of afghan women as being victims, I seriously think of them as very brave women because I know they are fighting very hard each day in order to protect and defend their rights. I know sooner or later you will start conquering little fights!!

parwana fayyaz's picture

You are right:

Dearest Friend:
Yes, they are brave but also victims. They are brave and living just for their childern's brighter future. But for keeping them brave and eleminating voilence against them, we have to take step for encouraging and admiring them. This is what I will do for my country women. Thanks, Parwana

zoneziwoh's picture

Afghan Women

My dear sister, many thanks for sharing this experience with your sisters. This is beautiful. Having read through your article, lots of thoughts started to run through my mind. A lot of which, I have often asked - see one of my articles on Myth or Realities: Monetary Transaction a Male responsibility in the Arab Society @

Now than ever, I am slowly getting my response by just reading your article. It feels so sad to be repressed even when you feel like speaking.

Sister, you are the torchlight for Afghan women. Keep up the good work.

Stay Blessed



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parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend;

Women of thoughts like you, inspire other women to fight for justice and life of fairness. I am studying abroad, but I feel more closer and responsible for my Afghan sisters. And with World Pulse, I am finding word supporters like you to get part in creating a society of justice.
Thanks for your words,
Best regards,

Hummingbird's picture


you are an amazing representative for women in Afghanistan dear. Wont all of us are annoyed from ideas such as women are illogical and irrational! As if there are no crazy men waging wars and investing in nuclear weapons! I am glad that web 2.0 all of us the opportunity to communicate. take care dear.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.


parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend;

Thank you so much for speaking with me about getting rid of the 'women's irrationality' thoughts. We have to bring ideas for telling to people that who has the rights to define irrationality and rationality, and how? I am talking about it all the time, as the big vicitims of this thought is Afghan women, thus they are kept in cages.
Bests, Parwana

YAOtieno's picture


I enjoyed reading your story so much that I did not notice any mistakes.I guess I have toread it again. thanks for sharing

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thank you so much for your comment, I will wait for your feedback ,if you read it again. Thanks, Bests, Parwana

Claire Leland's picture

Womens' Philosophy

Dear Parwana,

It's great to see that your writing has invited so much conversation about the representation of women's voices in the media. I particularly liked the point you made about us not knowing the "mysteries of being, living and dying" but that we are all involved in "thinking and sharing." The idea of using Web 2.0 to not only share women's voices, but also women's outlook on and hopes for today's world is one you stated in a unique and interesting way.

I'm also interested in your idea to include illiterate women into the conversation through interviews. Do you think it would be easy in Afghanistan to encourage women who are not interested in or familiar with Web 2.0 to share their ideas with you?

This forum does seem like a great space to meet new friends, as you say, and mobilize the philosophies that need to be heard!

Thank you and best wishes,


parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your inspiring words. Afghan women are waiting for someone to show them a way to do something revolutionary, a different action for a change in their lives. It is easy to talk to them, and to bring their voices into Web 2.0, it just needs work, and trust on Afghan women's strength and voices. I believe in their ideas, voices, and cooperation for a change in Afghanistan. If I would be trained in this term, I will do it by myself.
Parwana Fayyaz

Beverly Rose's picture


Dear Parwana,

I have read another of your essays here in World Pulse, and am glad you are part of the Voices of the Future 2011. Thank you for continuing to make your voice heard. I wonder if you might be one of those who help the 'illiterate women' find their voice? I think you have the passion. Wishing you success and continued empowerment.

in peace,

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your comment, yes I have traveled to all my past memories through World Pulse many times. Because I have found lots of travelers alongside of my own journeys. I hope that my voice will bring change in Afghan women's voices through VOF.
Thanks, Bests, Parwana Fayyaz

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Dear Parwana, Indeed, Web

Dear Parwana,

Indeed, Web 2.0 allow us to share our stories to the world. My ignorance of the real situation, makes me think that asking the husband's permission to show her face is really strange. You write comprehensively. Keep on writiing for the women in Afghanistan.

Btw, do you know of grassroots women organizations in you country, whom i can connect with our organizations here?

Let's keep in touch.


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