Raising My Voice
Friday, 28 May 2010 10:43

RaisingMyVoice_TNRaising My Voice is Malalai Joya's extraordinary story.  Like the woman herself, it is outspoken, passionate and fearless, giving us a rare woman's perspective on a country and a conflict that affects us all.


Malalai Joya has been described as the bravest woman in the world.

As a teenager she worked as a woman's rights activist under the Taliban, running underground classes and clinics in her native Afghanistan that would have resulted in her torture and execution if she'd been caught.

After the fall of the Taliban, Malalai was elected as one of the few women to represent her province at the first assembly to frame a new Afghan constitution.

Here she dared to speak out against the crimes of the war lords, who - backed by the Americans - now ruled the country. To her their crimes were almost as bad as those of the hated Taliban, yet the West seemed content to support them as part of their Realpolitik approach to Afghanistan - my enemy's enemy is my friend. Her public denunciation resulted in several attempts to assassinate her, and for the last five years she's lived under constant threat, moving from safe house to safe house. It hasn't stopped her speaking out though, and on the back of her courage she was elected to Afghan's first parliament.

She represents the voiceless, the oppressed, the victims and the innocents of Afghanistan's endless cycle of violence. She's outspoken, passionate and fearless - an extraordinary woman to emerge from decades of brutal and misogynistic repression. Her book and her voice are set to resonate around the world.

About the author

Malalai Joya was four days old when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Following a childhood spent in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan, she returned to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s, where she worked for underground organisations promoting the cause of women. Since then, she has survived numerous assassination attempts and continued to press the cause of those who elected her. She received the International Human Rights in Film Award at Berlin in 2007 and was awarded the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2008.

Visit her website: www.malalaijoya.com