Malalai Joya, Afghan M.P., Speaking in Toronto tonight
By HiMY SYeD
Malalai Joya, Afghanistan’s youngest ever elected Member of Parliament at age 25, is speaking tonight at Trinity St. Paul’s in The Annex at 7 p.m.
She is in the middle of her North American book tour promoting her new memoir, A Woman Among Warlords.
The BBC calls the now 31-year-old Joya, “The bravest woman in Afghanistan”.
She has survived numerous assassination attempts.
Her message to Canadians: “Ending the war in 2011 is too late, this occupation of Afghanistan must end now.”
“On behalf of the Afghan people I offer my condolences to those Canadian families who have lost loved ones in my country,” Joya has said.
“But I believe these troops are themselves the victims of the wrong policies of Canada, US and NATO — these countries must stop supporting the warlords and end this occupation.”
Though not everyone agrees with her as the ideal spokesperson for women’s rights in Afghanistan, a number of others do.
Malalai Joya speaks tonight at 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m.
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West
One block west of Spadina & Bloor
Admission: $5.00 – 10.00