Malalai Joya will be speaking on several university campuses and at union and community meetings.

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney, August 30, 2011

Malalai Joya Australian tour 2011

Malalai Joya, a peace, democracy, women’s rights and development activist, will be returning to Sydney to address various meetings after having been a guest at the Melbourne Writers Festival at the end of August-early September.

At a time when Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever, and Afghan refugees are still being refused asylum, come and hear this important voice against the ongoing war and occupation of the country.

Malalai Joya will be speaking on several university campuses and at union and community meetings.

Her main public meeting in Sydney will be on Friday September 9, 5.30pm for 6pm at the Marrickville Town Hall (click for map).

Book your ticket now here. Tickets are $15/10. All proceeds above the tour costs will go to Malalai Joya.

Malalai is also a former MP from Afghanistan. She secretly conducted girl’s classes during the Taliban regime then served in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament.

Malalai Joya is an outspoken critic of the Hamid Karzai administration and the 10-year occupation by the West. Her book with Derrick O’Keefe, Raising My Voice (published by Pan Macmillan 2009), catalogues the corruption in Afghanistan and argues that foreign aid is not going to those most in need of it.

Malalai Joya has been called the bravest woman in Afghanistan. In 2010, Time Magazine placed Malalai Joya on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Guardian listed her among its “Top 100 women: activists and campaigners”.

Malalai Joya recently concluded a successful tour in the United States where she spoke to sell-out audiences about ending the US-led NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Malalai Joya’s visit is being organised by the Sydney Stop the War Coalition and supported by the Sydney Peace Foundation and the Marrickville Peace Group.

Information: Pip Hinman 0412 139 968 or Anne Picot 0404 090 710

Malalai Joya Australian tour 2011