Due to the daily threats they face in their country, we have refrained from publishing Wazhma and Leena's photographs, but we couldn't not include them.
Leena currently manages a call-in centre for a non-profit
where she fields numerous phone calls from women who report and seek help for handling many forms of violence. Wazhma, who is Leena’s best friend, works closely with her in the same field as a legal adviser
with the Afghanistan Attorney General’s office in Kabul.
" I am always asked: How are the women of Afghanistan supposed to serve their community and society if they aren’t allowed to work?," says Wazhma. "I wanted to do something about this situation and help the women around me so I started out by helping myself.
Leena receives around 20 threats a day, from men who say she is not supposed to work.
" Even the Taliban used to call me and say that if they knew where our NGO is situated, they would plan a suicide attack on it. When I leave my home in the morning I’m not sure if I will come back or not."
Leena adds: "My hope is that every woman should have access to justice. Women should know their rights. They should have economic empowerment and independence and not be dependent on men.
"I hope for women, who are being mistreated to get support from their family because usually in our society they don’t. Knowing their rights is of outmost importance for women. With this they will be able to hold jobs outside their homes and be economically empowered.
"Maybe then violence against women will be eliminated. "