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Elsa Rassbach interviews Malalai Joya, Afghan political leader and women's rights advocate

By Elsa Rassbach, AfterDowningStreet.org, September 24, 2007
Znet, September 25, 2007

Malalai Joya Malalai Joya in Berlin (Foto: Marko Priske/Spot)

Malalai Joya is at age 29 the youngest person to become a member of the Afghan Parliament. She was one of 68 women elected to the 249- seat National Assembly or Wolesi Jirga in 2005. She won the second highest number of votes in Farah Province. But after she spoke out against the fundamentalists and former warlords in the parliament, she was suspended from the parliament on May 21, 2007, until the end of the current term, which ends in 2009. She has appealed to the Supreme Court in Afghanistan.

Malalai Joya rose to fame and gained international attention in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constituional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Since then she has survived four assassination attempts, and travels in Afghanistan under a burqa and with armed guards.

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سلامم برتو ای جویا

اهداء به خواهر باشهامت میهن خانم ملالی جویا

شاعر: دوکتور محمد رضاء بهمنش
Joya سلامم برتو باد، ای خواهر میهن،
بتو ای ازخراسان ، قهرمان برخاسته، ای دختر روءیا!
فدای عشق و ایمانت شوم،
ملالی، ای زن دانای بیهمتا!
ملالی، ای رادزن، ای دخترمیهن!
ملالی ای زن بینا، زن پرجرئت و دانا، زن جویا!

بنازم برتو ای خواهر،
بتو ای تارک منراوصدها همچومنرا شاهوار افسر.
توئی انگشتر ناموس ما را، ای زن والاگهر، والاترین گوهر.

ادامه مطلب


ملالی جویا نماینده پارلمان افغانستان در گردهمایی نمایندگان حزب نیودموكراتیك كانادا

"نیروی‌های نظامی كانادایى تا وقتیكه به همكارى با ایالات متحده ادامه بدهد، پشتیبانى مردم افغانستان را بدست نخواهد آورد"

هفته نامه شهرگان، ۲۲ سپتامبر ۲۰۰۶

Joya in NDP Convention
جويا در کنفرانس حزب دموکراتيک نوين کانادا

محترمه ملالى جویا نماینده مردم فراه در پارلمان افغانستان در گردهمایى وكلاى حزب نیو دموكراتیك كانادا گفت: نیروی‌های نظامی كانادایى تا وقتیكه به همكارى با ایالات متحده ادامه بدهد، پشتیبانى مردم افغانستان را بدست نخواهد آورد.

خانم جویا كه یكى از سخنرانان اصلی دركنفرانس سراسرى حزب نیو دموكراتیك كانادا بود در سخنانش گفت: افغانها جایگزین کردن طالبان توسط اعضاى اتحاد شمال رابه مثابه جایگزینى یك گروه جنگ سالار ضد حقوق زن با دیگرى می دانند.

ادامه مطلب


Young Afghan feminist Malalai Joya spoke in Berlin about her fight against Warlords and occupation

Courage of the Despair

By Jana Frielinghaus, Junge Welt, September 21, 2007
(translated from German into English by DCMJ)

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya in Berlin

It is an unpleasant irony that the Burka, which counts for the west as the most obvious symbol of the women’s suppression in Afghanistan, has got a life-preserving function for Malalai Joya. There is no better hiding place for the just 29-year-old women when she travels in her country, Afghanistan. In spite of many assassination attempts against her, she is so brave to speak about her country all around the world traveling to USA, Australia and Europe. She ahs also founded a health clinic for women and children in her hometown Farah province.

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ملالی جویا کاندید جایزه حقوق بشر پارلمان اروپا

جویا قبلا در بین هزار زن کاندید جایزه صلح نوبل نیز شده بود

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ۱۲ سپتامبر ۲۰۰۷

پارلمان اروپا: «ملالی جویا، عضو پارلمان و مدافع حقوق زنان در افغانستان است. جویا در می ۲۰۰۷ به خاطر افشای جنگسالاران حاضر در پارلمان، به حالت تعلیق درآورده شد.»

به تاریخ ۱۱ سپتامبر پارلمان اروپا کاندید های جایزه معتبر سالانه حقوق بشر ۲۰۰۷ را اعلان نمود که ملالی جویا نیز در بین پنج کاندید این جایزه قرار گرفته است.

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Malalai Joya was nominated for Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by European Parliament

Sakharov Prize 2007: five nominees announced

European Parliament, Sep.11, 2007

Malalai Joya in Press Conference in Kabul on May 21

The names of five nominees for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought were unveiled on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Human Rights Subcommittee. These five names will be narrowed down to a shortlist of three by the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Development Committee at a vote on 24 September. The Conference of Presidents (Parliament's political group leaders) will then pick the winner on 25 October.

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TV Review: 'A Woman Among Warlords'

A Woman Finds Her Place in the Afghan Power Struggle

By MIKE HALE, The New York Times, September 11, 2007

Documentry film on Malalai Joya
"A revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters... " Caroline Libresco Sundance Film Festival

"A Woman Among Warlords," which follows the Afghan politician Malalai Joya through the final months of campaigning for her country’s National Assembly in 2005, can’t help but be enthralling: at a time when television seems happy to fill its schedules profiling fishermen and unemployed actors, Ms. Joya is a truly remarkable subject.

If there’s a problem with the documentary, which is being shown tonight as the season finale of "Wide Angle" on PBS, it’s the rare one of too much showing and not enough telling.

The almost entirely observational approach of the filmmakers Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem produces amazing scenes: an impossibly old woman who has walked for hours to meet Ms. Joya suddenly drops to the floor and pulls herself across it with her forearms, demonstrating how she planted mines under Russian tanks. On election night Ms. Joya’s ever-present armed guards listen to the results, and the flickers of hope and pride on their usually blank faces are a revelation.

In one of the film’s most gripping passages a 13-year-old girl begs Ms. Joya to help her avoid a forced marriage to an older man, who feels he’s entitled to her because he had already given her family a dowry when his daughter married one of the girl’s brothers. The girl delivers an impassioned monologue that ends: "I’m in the fifth grade. He wants me to keep the accounts for his opium money. He has weapons and walks with a limp. He’s crippled in one hand and one leg. I can’t find happiness with him."

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The woman vs. the warlords: a post-9/11 story

Alex Strachan, The Ottawa Citizen , September 11, 2007

Documentry film on Malalai Joya
"A revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters... " Caroline Libresco Sundance Film Festival

It's a growing debate: Six years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, as 9/11's anniversary falls for the first time on a Tuesday -- the day of the week it happened -- how much tribute is too much? How much is enough, and how much is not enough? In an indirect and yet profound way, tonight's season finale of PBS's Wide Angle provides the perfect answer.

The real post-9/11 conflict -- as many Canadians know all too well -- is in Afghanistan, and as tonight's quiet, remarkable film A Woman Among Warlords shows, a kind of uneasy democracy is taking hold in a place where women's rights were until recently unheard of. A Woman Among Warlords is not about war -- the war goes completely unmentioned -- but the subtext is plainly obvious: The old guard is still there, waiting, hoping to turn back the clock.

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Women Make Movies , Sep.7, 2007

Documentry film on Malalai Joya
"A revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters... "
Caroline Libresco
Sundance Film Festival

Women Make Movies is proud to announce the highly anticipated national broadcast premiere of A WOMAN AMONG WARLORDS, based on the film, ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, on the PBS series, WIDE ANGLE, Sept 11 at 9 PM on most PBS stations (check local listings).


ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS is an award winning documentary by Eva Mulvad, this inspiring film follows Malalai Joya - an extraordinary, outspoken young woman, a folk hero and a women's rights activist - during the final weeks of her riveting campaign for a seat in the newly formed democratic parliament in Afghanistan. Recently suspended from her seat for harshly criticizing the parliament, Joya continues to struggle for the rights of the people of Afghanistan.

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مرد میدان

شاعر: ماریه
Joya تو ای دخت جوان در راه انسان
گذاشتی تو قدم از دل و جان
صدای مردم رنجدیده ات را
رساندی تو بگوش این و هم آن
نداری سازش هرگز با سیه کار
فدای تو شوم جویای دوران
وجودت مایه فخر و مباهات
به هر مرد و زن و هم نسل افغان
شهامت در وجودت تا ابد باد
ملالی نام تو چون مرد میدان
۲۲اگست ٢٠٠٧

مپندار اینکه تنهایی

شاعر: هنگامه
Joya ملالی تو افتخار جمله باشی
به قلب مردمت تابنده باشی
ببالیم ما بتو و پشت کارت
نماییم آفرین ها ما نثارت
صدای دلکشت غوغا برانگیز
به ضد دشمن سفاک و خون ریز

ادامه مطلب


به دفاع از راه ملالی جویا

... و راه سخیداد هاتف به تسلیم و خیانت می‌انجامد

محمود، کابل پرس، ۲۷ جولای ۲۰۰۷

Malalai Joya in Press Conference in Kabul on May 21
جویا نه یاد شیرین عبادی را که با طرز باورنکردنی‌ای با ملاهای سفاک ایران «بازی» می‌تواند بلکه یاد جمیله الجزایری، لیلا خالد فلسطینی، اشرف دهقانی ایرانی و مینای راوایی را در ذهن تداعی می‌کند (AP photo)

آقای سخیداد هاتف طی مطلبی در وبلاگ خودش و «آسمایی» با ابراز ظاهراً سمپاتی به ملالی جویا سرانجام نتیجه می‌گیرد که راهی که او می‌رود «بن بست است». و بعد با تاسف از «بزرگترین ضعف ملالی جویا» به توصیه‌هایی می‌پردازد که از نظر من با وصف ظاهر آراسته و مودب و پدرانه‌ی آنها، ملالی جویای همچون صخره استوار را به باتلاق مصلحت‌گرایی و مماشات با جانیان خواهند کشاند اگر به آنها اعتنا نماید و از راه خودش عدول ورزد.

نویسنده خوب آغاز کرده اما وقتی می‌خواهد ملالی جویا را «ارشاد» نماید، متاسفانه رنگ و لحن نوشته‌اش یادآور نوشته‌ها و طرز دید نه سیاستمداران و سیاست‌دانان رسمی در غرب بلکه نازلتر از آن سیاست‌بازان در غرب و شرق است که سیاست را «بی پدر و مادر» و «به جان‌زنی» و «دروغ گفتن و لافیدن» و تظاهر و هر حرامزادگی دیگر در قالبی «خاص» و «آراسته» می‌خوانند.

ادامه مطلب


"Malalai's Spanish colleagues are in solidarity with her once again"


Spanish Female MPs, July 6, 2007
Original Spanish Text (PDF)

To the women of Afghanistan
To the female MPs of Afghan Parliament
To the organizations working for women rights and peace

Spanish female MPs who supported Malalai Joya

We, Spanish female members of the parliament, belonging to different parties want to express our support to Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, after knowing she was ousted for a three years period. She was ousted for freely expressing her opinions as MP.

On the occasion of the current year 8th of March we released a communication in which we declared our deep condemnation for the news about the demonstration made by 20,000 former mujahidin in Kabul, headed by vice-president Abdul Karim Khalili, asking for an impunity law for the war criminals and screaming massively "Death to Malalai Joya!".

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Because Someone Had to Do It

TAP talks to Afghan women's rights activist Malalai Joya. A new documentary, Enemies of Happiness, tracks her 2003 run for public office.

Anthony Kaufman, The American Prospect Magazine, June 25, 2007

Joya with Eva Mulvad in NY
Director Eva Mulvad and Malalai Joya speak at the Q&A after their film Enemies of Happiness at the Silverdocs international documentary film festival on June 14 in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Photo by Lauren Ruane/AFI)

Malalai Joya isn't afraid of being assassinated. "I understand that one day they will kill me, because it's easy for them to kill people, especially women," she says about her enemies in Afghanistan, namely the former Taliban members, tribal warlords, and Northern Alliance fighters. These are the people who currently comprise Afghanistan's government -- people that Joya frequently denounces as "killers" and "criminals."

"But this is the voice of the voiceless people of Afghanistan," she continues. "And they can't silence this voice and they can't hide the truth. And they understand that." And then this outspoken 29-year-old Afghan activist suddenly smiles widely, even breaking out into laughter. How can she be laughing?

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Sit-ins all over the world for the Afghan MP

The goal of the action was to express their solidarity to the Afghan MP Malalai Joya

Chiara Marchionni, il manifesto, June 22, 2007

Pro-Joya demo in Melbourne
Demonstration for Malalai Joya on the steps of Victorian State Parliament.

Rome. The other face of western countries, the one that doesn't want to hear at all about wars, and even less of the fundamentalism that come with the war, yesterday had a meeting in 21 places of the world (amongst the others, Rome, Milan, New York, Barcelona and Melbourne), to held sit ins starting at 18.30, local time. The goal of the action was to express their solidarity to the Afghan MP Malalai Joya, that since a month is persecuted by the parliament of Kabul, for some "inconvenient" declarations. In fact, an interview for Tolo TV the MP denounced the condition of the parliament of her country, which doesn't represent at all the people and which Malalai Joya judged "worse than a stable or a zoo" because of the presence of criminals and enemies of Afghan people". Those statements have caused the interdiction from her office or member of parliament, an accusation for insult by the supreme court and limitation of movement outside Afghanistan.

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