Malalai Joya (b. 1978) is a former politician and human rights…

Malalai Joya
(b. 1978) is a former politician and human
rights activist from Afghanistan. She used to be a Parliamentarian in the
National Assembly of the country, but was dismissed after denouncing the
presence of war criminals in the Parliament.

She began her career as a social activist by becoming director of the NGO
OPAWC – the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities. The public
condemnation of war lords and criminals attracted criticism, threats, and even
assassination attempts, but also widespread admiration, as the BBC called her ‘the
bravest woman in Afghanistan’.