Malalai Joya Speaking In NY & MA

Oct 3, 2013

Joya's book is entitled "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice"
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

One of Afghanistan's most notable freedom fighters, women’s rights advocate Malalai Joya, is back in the US this fall for a national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan.    The lecture series  includes several stops across the WAMC listening area. Joya’s tour is sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM).

During her tour Joya will address the following questions:
• Why are Afghan women more vulnerable than ever?
• What is the impact of US drones, bombs, and raids?
• What does the end of the US’s longest war mean?
• Why is violence increasing after 11 years of war?

In 2005, she was one of 68 women elected to Afghanistan's 249-seat National Assembly, at age 27,  the youngest member of the Afghan Parliament. In 2010, she appeared on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Malali Joya first gained international attention when she spoke out against the warlords of Afghanistan. She has survived six assassination attempts and brings her message of hope, encouragement and empowerment to American women in a series of speaking engagements beginning Thursday evening at 7 at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. 

Sharmin Hossain and Malalai Joya
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Joya says young women of every nation hold the keys to power. Joining Joya on the panel is former UAlbany student organizer and social justice advocate Sharmin Hossain, a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.  Hossain has led recent demonstrations protesting the presence of David Petraeus' seminar series at CUNY.  Hossain sees the CUNY campus as a centerpiece of the working class struggle as well as a staging ground for transforming ideas into action.

Below is a list of cities in the Northeast that Malalai Joya will be speaking at during her Fall 2013 tour:


Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7 pm
Skylight Room, CUNY Grad Center
365 5th Ave.
New York NY
Speaking alongside Malalai Joya will be Sharmin Hossain from the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY who helped organize protests against former general David Petraeus who is teaching at CUNY.

There will be a book-signing after the meeting.

Friday, October 4, 2013, 1 pm
Meyer Building at NYU, Room 122
New York University, NY

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6 pm
Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza,
2nd Fl, East 44th St. & 1st ave.
This event is the ending of a week long program of the People’s Global Action on Migration Development & Human Rights. Visit for details

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7 pm
Community Church of New York
40 East 35th St.
Free and open to the public.
Click here for a flyer of the event.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Deepak Homebase at ABC carpet & home
888 Broadway at e. 19th St.
This will be a conversation on justice with Eve Ensler, V-Day founder and tony-award winning playwright. Entrance: $25 to benefit Malalai Joya’s work in Afghanistan. RSVP at


Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 – 9 pm
Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky
First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Sq T
Cambridge MA
Requested Donation: $10. $5 students/low income/unemployed

Reception from 5-6:30 pm with Ms. Joya at First Parish to raise money for organizations and charities benefiting Afghan women and children before the evening program.
First Parish U-U Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA
So. Asian traditional music and food.
Contribution requested: $20, or $10 for students/low income/unemployed.

Monday, October 7, 2013, 12 noon
Tufts University
Barnum Hall 104
163 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Monday, October 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
University of Massachusetts at Boston
Campus Center
Ballroom C, 3rd flr
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Monday, October 7, 2013, 7 pm
Wellesley College
Tishman Commons
Lulu Wang Campus Center
21 College Rd Wellesley, MA 02481

Monday, October 8, 2013, 1 pm
Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl
Boston, MA 02108


Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Food for Thought Books
106 North Pleasant St.

Amherst, MA 01002



Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1 pm
Bush Memorial Hall - Russell Sage Campus
45 Ferry St (at Congress St)
Troy, NY 12180
Venue phone: 518 244-4593
Sage area and campus maps and directions (Use the "Troy Campus Map", and the hall is building 38):

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany,
405 Washington Ave., Albany (Across the street from UAlbany's downtown campus)

PLEASE NOTE that  we have permission for people who will be attending the evening event to park in UAlbany's Hawley parking lot, across from FUUSA, for this event only.