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Malalai Joya, Afghan M.P., Speaking in Toronto tonight

Submitted by on Wednesday November 18, 2009 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

Malalai Joya - A Woman Among Warloads.

Malalai Joya - A Woman Among Warloads.


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.

7:00 p.m.
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West
One block west of Spadina & Bloor
Admission: $5.00 – 10.00

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