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Malalai Joya was invited to speak at the University of Calgary by the Afghan Canadian Students' Association. Calgary, Canada. 10/10/2010

Tory Ansuwan, Co-Founder FAREopp.ca, Demotix News, 11/10/2010

Malalai Joya University of Calgary

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is an outspoken critic of both the Taliban as well as the present Afghan government of Karzai and its western supporters.

Emotions filled the room as Malalai Joya (this petite and seemingly quiet woman) gathered her notes from the previous television interview and made her way to the lonely desk I was anxiously waiting at.

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Afghan women's rights leader says Obama no better than Bush

Joya is starting on a speaking tour of Canada, underlining the need to support democratic groups in Afghanistan

The Canadian Press, October 6, 2010

Malalai Joya

OTTAWA - Malalai Joya, a rights activist and former Afghan MP, says U.S. President Barack Obama's policies in Afghanistan are as bad as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

She says Obama's surge of troops into her country has made things worse for ordinary Afghans.

Joya says Canada has been following the wrong policy for nine years, going along with what she calls American war crimes.

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Friends: Malalai Joya and Tal Haran

Young woman like Malalai Joya can daily confront so powerful enemies

Toni Álvarez, Catalunya, September 2010
Translated from Catalan by Maria Romano


It is well known that women have been, again and again, the main figures in the armed conflicts that have occurred in the course of modern history (a well as in not so modern history).

Most of the times, women have been triple victims, as mothers, partners or just by themselves. Sometimes, they have also been decisive opponents to the wars that were slaughtering them.

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Joya came to world attention with her scathing short speech at the historic Loya Jirga assembly in 2003

By Habib Shaikh, The Saudi Gazette, September 27, 2010

Raising my voice - Malalai Joya

Someone once said “Speak so that I may see thee.” But at times, especially when one speaks about bringing to light the misdeeds of those in power, there is no end to threats urging that person from speaking.

“Afghanistan today is without a doubt the most dangerous place to be born,” Daniel Toole, UNICEF’s regional director for South Asia, reportedly told a news briefing in Geneva in November last year. It is also a dangerous place to grow up in as one learns from Malalai Joya’s experiences and the book ‘Raising My Voice,’ in which she talks “about the plight of the Afghan people from the perspective of a member of my country’s war generation” using her “personal “experiences as a way to tell the political history of Afghanistan, focusing on the past three decades” of what she calls “oppressive rule.”

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50 People What Matter 2010 | 45. Malalai Joya

She is one of the few symbols of hope for Afghanistan's future.

New Statesman, September 27, 2010

New Statesman

Afghan heroine.

Her enemies call her a dead woman walking, and the assassination attempts come with increasing frequency and ferocity. Life as Afghanistan's most outspoken female MP is fraught with danger.

Banished from parliament in 2007 for speaking out against the warlords, the youngest Afghan MP has since toured the world, refuting the "pack of lies" that the media tell about the "liberation" of Afghanistan and the notion that life for women there has improved since 2001.

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Female MP takes on Afghan patriarchy

She describes the Taliban and the foreign troops as “enemies” and believes both must be opposed.

Chris Sands, The National, September 5, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya, an Afghan legislator who two years ago called powerful armed leaders “criminals” and who last week on the floor of parliament called some lawmakers warlords, now stays in a different house each night because of death threats. (Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

KABUL // With international forces edging close to withdrawal and Taliban violence on the rise, Afghanistan’s women appears to be facing a grim future.

A suspected poison gas attack on a girl’s school in Kabul last month highlights the dangers that exist in a society dominated by patriarchal tribal traditions. Dozens of students were injured in the kind of incident that is becoming commonplace across the country.

Faced with this climate of intimidation, women are starting to debate what role they will have in the years ahead as the political momentum at home and abroad shifts towards some sort of peace deal.

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دریچه‌ های امید افغانستان

بلی ملالی جویا تو با مبارزه‌ی بی‌امانت قهرمان دیگری تقدیم اجتماعت نمودی و بدین جهت برایت شادباش میگویم

عارف پوپل از ویرجینیا، کابل پرس، ۸/۴/۲۰۱۰

Guests applaud Samia and her groom, Faramarz, as they marry
فرامرز و سامعه در مراسم عروسی شان. (عکس از دیوید گل، منتشره روزنامه اندیپیندینت)

هموطنان دردمند مطلبی که باعث این نوشته شد، حاصل از شنیدن خبر تصویری راجع به ازدواج جوان افغان بنام فرامرز با دخت شریف و دردرسیده‌ی افغان بنام سامعه جان که قربانی تجاوز جنسی یک تعداد اوباش تربیت شدۀ دم و دستگاه متجاوزین به حقوق و ناموس ملت افغانستان که طبعاً با باندهای تروریستی، جنگ‌ سالاران و متجاوزین به حقوق بشر و جنایت‌کاران جنگی ارتباط تنگاتنگ داشتند گردید.

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قربانی تجاوز جنسی که عروس شد

فرامرز اما چند سالی است که به عنوان یکی از همراهان ملالی جویا، بر عمق شرایط زنان در جامعه سنتگرای افغان آگاهی یافته و اینک خود به یکی از فعالان حقوق زن تبدیل شده

هارون نجفی زاده، بی بی سی، ٢٦ جولای ٢٠١٠ - ٤ اسد ١٣٨٩

Faramorz, guard of Malalai Joya with Samia
فرامز و سامعه

یک روز سرد زمستانی بود كه ملالی جویا، عضو سابق پارلمان افغانستان و چند محافظش برای رساندن کمک های اولیه به مردمانی که منبع درآمد منظم ندارند، به یک منطقه فقیرنشین کابل رفتند.

بیوه های جنگ، خانواده های بی سرپرست، بازگشت کنندگان بیکار و بیجاشدگان داخلی در این منطقه زندگی می کنند.

بیش از همه اما، تنگدستی و بدروزی خانواده سامعه، دختر ١٨ ساله، یکی از محافظان شخصی ملالی جویا را متاثر ساخت.

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The Afghan love story with a happy ending

Rape victims are often violated twice: by their attackers and by society. But, as Glyn Strong reports, one girl has rebuilt her life

Glyn Strong, The Independent, July 9, 2010

Samia relaxes with her family
Samia relaxes with her family and Malalai Joya. (Photo: DAVID GILL)

The day starts at Samia's parents' home. The young woman and her sweetheart are asked by a mullah if they understand what they are undertaking. Then begins the serious task of preparing the bride. Like any Western wedding, it revolves around hair, make-up and "the dress".

Here in Afghanistan, Samia's story is typical – its happy ending is not.

Samia is a rape victim, but now it's the morning of her wedding. By late afternoon, she will be married in a private ceremony in Karte Se, Kabul. One of the 150 guests at this extraordinary marriage ceremony will be the activist and suspended MP Malalai Joya: Samia's handsome husband-to-be, Faramarz, has been one of Ms Joya's bodyguards for more than four years.

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Human Croquet in Absurdistan?

The wedding that Joya facilitated was a rare beacon of hope for women whose fate once featured so prominently in talk of Millennium Development Goals for Afghanistan.

Glyn Strong, UK Progressive, July 8, 2010

Malalai Joya with Saima, the bride (Photo by David Gill)

The ‘most famous woman in Afghanistan’, Malalai Joya, has decided not to stand for re-election to Parliament because it is too corrupt, the commander of multinational forces, General Stanley McChrystal, has been dismissed and American politicians have temporarily cut off aid to the Afghan government after it emerged that billions were being ‘redirected’. Coalition deaths are above 1,800, Afghan civilian deaths are unknown – and there are fears that Afghan women may be airbrushed out of yet another key International Conference in Kabul on 20 July. Against this depressing background a wedding took place that gave some small cause for hope.

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Fearless campaigner

Defying threats to her life, Malalai Joya singlehandedly fights for Afghanistan

Syed Hamad Ali, GulfNews Weekend Review, July 2, 2010

Malalai Joya: llustration by Ramachandra Babu ©Gulf News

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has publicly railed against the presence of warlords in the country's parliament and is a vociferous critic of the Taliban and the government of President Hamid Karzai. "The warlords and the Taliban — they are cancer for my country," she says.

Her outspoken nature has drawn the ire of her detractors, resulting in threats to her life. "My life in Afghanistan is not quite normal and I keep changing houses," she says.

Joya believes the United States is occupying her country and committing war crimes. "Democracy never comes with occupation," she says.

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زن ۳۲ ساله عضو مجلس افغانستان که از ۵ طرح ترور جان به در برده است

رپرتاژ تلویزیون کانال ۳ فرانسه در مورد «ملالی جویا»

همبستگی ملی، پنج‌شنبه، ۱۳ خرداد ۱۳۸۹ / ۰۳ ژوئن ۲۰۱۰

ملالی جویا در برنامه تلویزیون فرانسه

تلویزیون کانال ۳ فرانسه یک رپرتاژ در مورد «ملالی جویا» پخش کرد. این زن افغان که متولد سال ۱۹۷۸ است و هم اکنون ۳۲ سال دارد، در سال ۲۰۰۳ در سن ۲۵ سالگی از ولایت «فراه» به عضویت در مجلس موسسان افغانستان (لویه جرگه قانون اساسی) انتخاب شده بود و از سال ۲۰۰۵ تاکنون همچنان عضو پارلمان افغانستان (ولسی جرگه) است.

او در پارلمان بارها فساد کشوری و افراطگرایی اسلامگرایان قشری را مورد انتقاد قرار داده است. ملالی از حقوق زنان دفاع می کند و معتقد است که نباید به هیچ وجه در برابر افراطگرایان کوتاه آمد.

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کنفرانس مطبوعاتی ملالی جویا در کابل درباره "جرگه صلح"

جرگه مشورتی صلح یک نمایش مسخره و توهین به قربانیان جنایات است

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ۲ جون ۲۰۱۰

Press Conference of Malalai Joya in Kabul

به تاریخ اول جون ۲۰۱۰ طی کنفرانس مطبوعاتی در کابل ملالی جویا "جرگه مشورتی صلح" را محکوم کرده آنرا نمایش مسخره و توهینی به صلح و قربانیان جنایتکارانی نامید که درین جرگه روی صلح با آنان و دادن امکانات به آنان صحبت میشود. وی این جرگه را تلاشی جهت آشتی جنایتکاران بین هم نامید و گفت که ثمره ای برای مردم ما جز جنگ و خونریزی بیشتر نخواهد داشت. وی گفت صلح و آشتی بین دشمنان مردم ما وضعیت را برای مردم عام ما خونین تر خواهد ساخت چون آنان میخواهند متحدانه به باداران امریکایی و ایرانی و پاکستانی شان خدمت کنند و مردم را متحدانه سرکوب کنند.

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ملالی جویا: جرگه به اشتراک قاتلان مردم ما توهین به صلح است

گزارش تلویزیون آشنا (بخش دری و پشتو) از کنفرانس مطبوعاتی ملالی جویا در کابل

تلویزیون آشنا، اول می ۲۰۱۰

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Dartay hain bandooqon walay ek nehatti larki say

Joya hardly grabs headlines in pro-Taliban mainstream Pakistani media despite being household name in Afghanistan

Farooq Sulehria, Viewpoint, 28/05/2010

Malalai Joya

It is hard to say if she is Karzai’s nemesis or Mullah Omar’s since Malalai Joya is as vocal a critic of U.S. occupation (‘sustained through Karzai and blood-thirsty war lords’) as Taliban (‘their violence is no resistance’). Recently she was named one of ‘100 most influential people in the world’ by Time magazine.

But Time allowed author Ayaan Hirsi Ali to make the announcement and distort Joya's message. Hirsi Ali, who wrote the announcement, said "hope in time she comes to see the U.S. and NATO forces in her country as her allies. She must use her notoriety, her demonstrated wit and her resilience to get the troops on her side instead of out of her country."

A furious Joya strongly reacted: "TIME has painted a false picture of me and does not mention anything at all about my struggle against the occupation of Afghanistan by the US and NATO, which is disgusting. In fact every one knows that I stand side-by-side with the glorious anti war movements around the world and have proved time and again that I will never compromise with the US And NATO who have occupied my country, empowered the most bloody enemies of my people and are killing my innocent compatriots in Afghanistan."

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