At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I believe I was born a feminist. I used to question my mother all the time when she didn't let me do the things that she let my brothers do.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My grandmother and many other Afghan women who fight for their lives and rights every day.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I make sure that my choices and decisions don't take away my rights. I have learned to speak up.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Through my writings, social media, speeches, and interviews. I sometimes have to use only my first name because of my family's safety in Afghanistan.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Women around the world face similar problems and struggles. But the way we solve our problems and fight for our rights is different. Sometimes it is hard for feminists in Western countries to understand our real struggles. For examples, in Afghanistan, we have to consider our safety, culture and religion when we fight for our rights. Western feminists have come a long way. We are only at the beginning of our long and difficult journey.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism to me is believing that women are human beings and they must have equal rights, safety, opportunities, and access to justice.
Marzia Nawrozi is From Afghanistan. She is currently an advocate for Afghan women and girls and an organizer focused on international students at the Feminist Majority Foundation. She’s worked with WomenNC, InterAct, Women’s Campaign Fund, and Women for Afghan Women. Marzia has been published by the Afghan Women's Writing Project, Free Women Writers, some magazines in Afghanistan, and Ms. Her Research was featured at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women. She is also pursuing her MA from George Mason University.