Malalai Joya in Canada


Malalai Joya, author of A Woman Among Warlords, will be touring Canada this fall.

Malalai Joya has been called “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards, and sleeps only in safe houses.

Updated dates:


Friday, Nov. 13. Luncheon hosted by MP Libby Davies, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver. Tickets: $20  (Proceeds to support Malalai Joya’s humanitarian projects). Contact: Phyllis 604-775-5800 /

Saturday, Nov. 14. Book launch at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson Street (at Burrard), 7p.m. Suggested donation: $10 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Organized by Sponsors: Simon & Schuster Canada, the Canadian Peace Alliance, Voice of Women – Canada,


Sunday, Nov. 15. Book launch, 2p.m. at University of Victoria, David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Bldg.
Hosted by Victoria Peace Coalition.


Monday, Nov. 16, 7p.m. University of Winnipeg, Convocation Hall. Organized by Peace Alliance Winnipeg.


Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West. Sponsored by Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, University of Toronto Students’ Union,, Simon & Schuster Canada and the Canadian Peace Alliance.


Saturday, Nov. 21, 7p.m. Multipurpose Room, Rosaria Building, Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway. Free to the public and a collection will be taken to support Malalai’s humanitarian projects at the event. Organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition. 


Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7p.m. Salle Marie-Gerin-Lajoie, Pavillion Judith-Jasmin, UQAM. Metro Berri-UQAM.  Suggested contribution: $5. Simultaneous translation available. Organized by Collectif Echec a la guerre and the Federation des femmes du Quebec. 


Thursday, Nov. 26.  Centretown United Church (507 Bank St) 7p.m., Ottawa Peace Assembly.