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Tomorrow Night! Joya
Renowned Afghan Activist and Author
Wednesday, October 9th at 7pm

Emerson Hall, FUUSA, 405 Washington Ave, Albany

Co-sponsored by Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Holding Our Own along with many others (see flyer).

By special arrangement, free parking will be available in the U Albany Hawley lot, across Washington Ave from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. She will also be speaking at 1pm at Sage College in Troy. See flyer for details.

Malalai Joya, 35, first gained international attention in 2003 when she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords in Afghanistan. She was at that time serving as an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga that was convened to ratify the Constitution of Afghanistan. In 2005 she became one of 68 women elected to the 249-seat National Assembly, or Wolesi Jirga, and was the youngest member of the Afghan parliament.

An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them; she helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province of Farah.

In 2007 she spoke out against former warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament and was thereupon suspended from the parliament. Since then she has survived six assassination attempts. She travels in Afghanistan with armed guards and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Afghan women and to end the occupation of her country.

In 2010, Time Magazine placed Malalai Joya on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed her in its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In March, 2011, The Guardian listed her among the “Top 100 women activists and campaigners.”

Her widely praised book, “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice,” was published 2009 by Scribner in the U.S. The ebook version was published by Simon and Schuster.

This presentation is part of a national tour sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).

For more information contact Mickie Lynn at or Joe Lombardo at 518.281.1968