Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 pm
Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego 92105
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Malalai Joya, 34, comes out of the war and occupation-torn maelstrom of Afghanistan. She served as delegate to the 2003 Loya Jirga that convened on the Constitution of Afghanistan, and in 2007 became one of 68 women elected to the 249-seat National Assembly, or Wolesi Jirga, as the youngest member of that Afghan parliament. In 2003 and again in 2007 she spoke out against former warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament, and because of this stance was 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 book, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, was published by Scribner in the U.S.