Malalai Joya


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in Afghanistan
April 25, 1978

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Malalai Joya (Pashto ملالۍ جویا) (born April 25, 1978) is an activist, writer and a former politician from Afghanistan. She served as a Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, after being dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of what she considered to be warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament. She is an outspoken critic of the Karzai administration and its western supporters, particularly the United States.

In 2010, Time magazine placed Malalai Joya on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed Malalai Joya in its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. On March 8, 2011, The Guardian listed her among "Top 100 women: ac
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A Woman Among Warlords: The...

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Raising My Voice

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Een vrouw tussen krijgsheren

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Finché avrò voce

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Au nom de mon peuple

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The Case for Withdrawal fro...

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“I don't fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.”
Malalai Joya, Raising My Voice

“People who look the other way when they see these war criminals are smaller criminals themselves.”
Malalai Joya, Raising My Voice

“Rights are not easy to obtain, and once we understand this, we must work attentively and persistently - and never become careless or lazy.”
Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice

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