Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Undefeated

Woman …

A mother who gives birth to a child lives to

protect the child, no matter what happens to her.

A daughter, forced to marry,

lives the life she never wanted only to uphold her

father’s words and promises.

A sister, she is treated as a slave by her brother

but she still obeys his command.

Woman …

Seen by people as a toy to play with and

later to be thrown away.

Tolerated for the glory of the family

and the respect of the father.

Beaten to death if she starts to dream

Beaten, raped, killed.

Exchanged to pay off a debt

Or sold to earn a profit for the father.

Woman …

A word that has lost its value

in our society. She’s a human,

with a heart, a soul, wishes, and dreams.

Full of power and passion to fight

for her rights and freedom.

Beaten, yet undefeated,

she stands with great power

once again to fight.

Woman …

Me and you

By Marzia N.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Undefeated.