BOOK REVIEW: RAISING MY VOICE
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
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.”
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Defying threats to her life, Malalai Joya singlehandedly fights for Afghanistan
Syed Hamad Ali, GulfNews Weekend Review, July 2, 2010
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
‘I spoke the truth and the truth has a powerful voice’
Joya: “I will be alive or not. But I hope. I wish to be alive next to my people, to enjoy freedom and democracy in our country. One day we will have it. Yes, I am sure.”
Roger Arnold, The National Newspaper, May 26, 2010
Seven years ago, Malalai Joya stood up and challenged the warlords of Afghanistan. Since then she has lived in the shadows, under constant threat of death. Yet still her campaign for justice goes on, and her name is spreading around the world. Roger Arnold meets her.
On December 17, 2003, a young woman stood up from the back rows of Afghanistan’s constitutional Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, and demanded to speak. “My name is Malalai Joya from Farah Province. With the permission of all those present, by the name of God and in respect of the martyrs of the path to freedom, I would like to speak. My criticism of all my compatriots is why are they allowing the legitimacy and legality of this loya jirga to come under question with the presence of those criminal warlords who brought our country to this state… They are anti-women and have ruined our country… They should be prosecuted in national and international courts … If they are forgiven by our people, the barefooted Afghan people, our history will never forgive them.”
This moment changed her life for ever. Joya, 25, had directly challenged warlords, including Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, reported to be on the CIA payroll following the American invasion and an alleged mentor to Osama bin Laden.
Book Review: Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out by Malalai Joya
If I could prescribe one book for David Cameron, Barack Obama and every other western leader to read over the summer, this would be it.
Natalie Bennett, BlogCritics.org, May 23, 2010
When I was running for the Green Party in the recent British general election, there was one issue on which I had no doubt how audiences at hustings and meetings would react positively – our call to withdraw British (and NATO) troops from Afghanistan. Surveys show around 70% of the public back that stance, and it was close to 100% of the audiences at hustings.
As I told them, I’d had in the past some doubts about our party’s policy of immediate withdrawal, having been worried about the human rights situation that we’d leave behind, particularly for women. But it was a Human Rights Watch report last year, which found 60-80% of the marriages of Afghan women and girls are forced, and learning that the brave women of RAWA are calling for withdrawal that led me to change my mind.
Having just read the autobiography of Malalai Joya, an outstanding Afghan woman MP, I’m now even more strongly of that view. (It was published in the US as A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise her Voice.)
Malalai Joya Named Time Magazine’s top 100 Most Influential People of 2010
Interview with Malalai Joya, dissident former Parliamentarian in Afghanistan, author with Derrick O’Keefe of A Woman Among Warlords.
By Sonali Kolhatkar, Uprising Radio, May 3, 2010
U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces are gathering on the outskirts of Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan to prepare for the latest offensive in President Obama’s “surge” strategy. The troops plan to secure areas around Kandahar, which has recently witnessed a sudden increase in insurgent attacks. General David Petraeus has argued that if NATO’s counterinsurgency strikes work, they will result in improved security, giving the Afghan government a chance to find stability as the international community distributes aid to improve the quality of life for residents. But for an already-unstable government in a country crumbling beneath the pressure of bombardment from within and without, the surge could mean disaster. By August, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will reach 100,000—78,000 more soldiers than were deployed when Obama took office. Opponents of the Afghan war point to the killing by American troops of an Afghan parliamentarian’s relative on Friday, and the illegal, botched night raid that killed two pregnant women, a teenage girl, and two Afghan officials in February. Outspoken Afghan activist and former member of the Parliament, Malalai Joya has called for an end to the occupation of Afghanistan, pointing out that Americans “have not been told the truth…[The U.S. has] replaced the fundamentalist rule of Taliban with another fundamentalist regime of warlords. [That is] what your soldiers are dying for.” Joya was suspended from Parliament nearly 3 years ago. Her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords with Derrick O’Keefe was published late last year. Last week she was named one of Time Magazine’s “’100 Most Influential People” of 2010. I reached her via satellite phone in Afghanistan earlier this morning.
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- Time Magazine's Sneaky Way of Muffling the Message of an Afghan Peace Activist
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- Battling on
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