Malalai Joya receives International Anti-discrimination Award 2009
She is honored for her courage and persistence in her struggle for liberty and women rights in Afghanistan
Defense Committee for Malalai Joya, March 30, 2009
On March 28, 2009, in a ceremony in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Malalai Joya received the International Anti-discrimination Award 2009. She was nominated for this award by the Dutch Unity is Strength Foundation. With this award she is honored for her courage and persistence in her struggle for liberty and women rights in Afghanistan.
The award was given to her by Ms. Edit Rauh.State Secretary for the Ministry Of Social Affairs and Labour of the Republic of Hungary.
Joya received a standing applause from the over 1100 participants in the ceremony. Some parts of the “Enemies of Happiness”, the award-winning documentary on Joya was also shown in the event.
In a short speech after receiving the award, Joya described the tragic conditions of Afghanistan and criticized the US and NATO governments for their wrong policies in Afghanistan. She also vowed to continue her struggle for freedom, justice and democracy in Afghanistan.
The ceremony was attended by American civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson, who expressed his support to Joya.