This page contains links to my master thesis (2018) and to articles written by and about me.

Articles Written by Me

The Courage of Their Convictions:  Winter 2019
This Ms Magazine article about women running in the Parliamentary in the October 2018 elections was written based upon interviews conducted by myself and another Afghan.
Access it here

July 2015 and August 2017
My busy schedule in Afghanistan during this time limited my writing to reports in Dari.  They focused on trainings I gave and meetings I attended on behalf of national and international organizations and also to global summits I attended and participated in on behalf of the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs. See the section Resume for more information

Master’s Thesis
October 2018: Interrogating Impact: A Critical Analysis of Donor Support for Projects Supporting Women in Afghanistan 

The thesis was completed as a requirement for my Columbia University master’s in Human Rights.My thesis advisor was Louis Bickford,

December 13, 2017: One Step Forward Two Steps Back
Co-published op-ed with an Afghan colleague on sexual assault in Kabul University.

November 17, 2015: Tabassom’s Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century                    
Requested and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation, Washington, DC

March 5, 2015: This Courageous One-Woman Protest Challenged Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan
Published by the Feminist Majority Foundation Violence Against Women Project
Washington, DC

March 17, 2014: Making Real the Right to Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Requested and Published by the Feminist Majority Foundation Shoulder-to-Shoulder Project
Washington, DC

June 24, 2014: The Candidates Must Respect the People’s Votes
Requested and Published by the Newspaper 8am
Kabul, Afghanistan

Fall 2014 Newsletter:  UVa A Stop on My Way Back Home
Requested and Published (page 14) by the UVa Middle East and Southern Asian Languages and Culture (MESALC) Department
Charlottesville, Va

December 13, 2013: YARI: What will happen to Afghan women?
An open letter to President Obama on the state of Afghan women

UVa Cavalier Daily (newspaper)
Charlottesville, Va
Published again on January 13, 2014 in Afghan Human Rights:

August 8, 2013: Sorting Through The Chaos: One-Third of Teens Are In An Abusive Relationship. What Now?
Requested and Published by the Feminist Majority Foundation Blog
Washington, DC

July 23, 2013: New All-Women Jirga in Pakistan Takes Steps Toward Equality
Requested and Published by the Feminist Majority Foundation Blog
Washington, DC

2012-2013: Five articles
Requested and published by Forum, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville, Va

March 2004 to July 2007:  Radio Jaghori  
I worked for this community broadcast media in Ghazni, Afghanistan and while I composed news stories in Dari that I read over the air, they were not published because the station did not have a website at that time.

Articles Written About Me

 21 February 2018:  From Arghandab to Manhattan; How Gaisu Fought Forced Marriage
Published in Afghan newspaper Etilaatroz founded by an anti-corruption activist Zaki Daryabi, the article is an overview of my life from birth and living under the Taliban to my journey in the U.S. and human rights studies at Columbia University
New York Times article about the Founder Zaki Daryabi

September 5, 7, 9, 10, 2017:  Premiere: Siostry (Sisters)
Documentary financed by the Polish Active Women Association (AWA) to highlight the importance of women’s economic empowerment programs, focusing on a handicraft project I founded in Afghanistan to help poor women. A premiere was held in Warsaw, Cracow and
Poznan, and for the Congress of Women (network of government and non-government officials and activists).  An English subtitled trailer of the film is at  Information about the film and a trailer for it are located at  and AWA’s contact is Monika Sobanska,

November 29, 2016: Six Women Inspiring Young Women of Afghanistan                        
Written and published in both Farsi and English in Khabarnama, the article addresses six women inspiring young women of Afghanistan including me. 

February 16, 2016: Tireless Activism Fighting Violence Against Women
Written and published in Farsi by the Afghan Killid Media Group, the article addresses my activities in Afghanistan and the reason my photo was included on national posters for the International Day for Ending Violence Against Women.گیسو-یاری؛-تلاش-خستگی%E2%80%8Cناپذیر-در-راستاي-توقف-خشونت

October 2015: The Status of Afghan Women
Interviewed by Dianna Farhat for the Afghan Arozo TV program, Banoie Afghan (Afghan Women). Note: The interview has been saved in the station’s archive, but there is no electronic link.

December 3, 2015: Kabul Peace March
Interviewed by Tolo TV News Kabul Afghanistan about measures sought by civil society to bring justice and peace to the country.

September 2015: Advocacy as Liberation
Article requested and published by The Feminist Majority that describes how I’ve used advocacy to surmount obstacles.

July 25, 2015: Opinion/Letter: Student, a new citizen, is role model
Commentary by Frank Friedman, president of Piedmont Virginia Community College, thanking The Daily Progress for it’s July 5, 2015 article about me.

July 5, 2015: Struggles turn to joy at Monticello naturalization ceremony
Article about the U.S. citizenship ceremony in Charlottesville, Va, mentioning my journey and with a photograph of the governor shaking my hand; published in The Daily Progress

December 1, 2013:  Engaged at 6 
Article based on an interview with me and written by the Cavalier Daily, UVa Newspaper

Spring 2011:  I think it is fall
Awarded first place in a college-wide poetry contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) for this submission, subsequently published in NOVA’s Student Journal.

June 24, 2014: The Candidates Must Respect the People’s Votes
Requested and Published by the Newspaper 8am
Kabul, Afghanistan