We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joanna, WISA, February 15, 2011

WISA Lanuch Dinner With Malalai Joya

The Women's International Solidarity Australia (WISA) launch and fundraising dinner for Malalai Joya was a wonderful evening where we WISAs said ‘hello’ to the world. We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joya spoke of the real atrocities of the war in Afghanistan that rarely gets reported by the media, and of the daily struggle for women in her country against rape, violence and unjust oppression.

Guests were invited to participate in a question and answer sessionwith Joya,and afterwards she commented that this was only the second event she had spoken at where she’s hasn’t been verbally attacked by a handful of guests who oppose her views!

We were also delighted to have Sue Kenny officially introduce WISA and our mission; to stand in solidarity with the women we support offering the emotional, political and financial support to empower them , and learn from them on how to pursue a future without boundaries.

With sales of Joya’s book ‘Raising my Voice’, raffle tickets and dinner bookings, the fundraiser was a fantastic success.

Thanks to all who came along and joined us for a great evening. WISA thanks you and Malalai Joya thanks you!

The WISAs in solidarity with Malalai Joya
The WISAs in solidarity with Malalai Joya