Malalai Joya’s Visa Denial

18 Mar

Malalai Joya was supposed to appear this weekend at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Colloquium on the Impact of War on Women Worldwide. She was scheduled to be in the country on a book tour promoting her book A WOMAN AMONG WARLORDS.

Known as the “most famous woman in Afghanistan,” dissident parliamentarian Malalai Joya returns to the United States and Canada, this time to share her new political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.”

However, according to the Afghan Women’s Mission, one of the sponsors of her scheduled tour here, the United States denied her entry because ” she was unemployed and lived underground, DUH.

Joya lives faces the constant threat of death for having had the courage to speak up for women’s rights, where do they expect her to live. She was one of
TIME magazine’s 2010 100 most influential people in the world, categorized under “heros, though they did misconstrue much and the picture they painted of her was false, leaving out her struggle against the US / NATO’S occupation of her country, the death, destruction, and damage to women and children, that she says the occupation has caused.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Activism, human rights, Justice and Equality, war, Women


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One response to “Malalai Joya’s Visa Denial

  1. Richard Tenney

    March 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I signed. Knowing firsthand how absurd (and 19th-century) the visa process is here, I can’t say I’m surprised. A year and a half later, trying to get a visa for my Swedish wife is nearly over, but talk about pure hassle, expense, and RIDICULOUS bureaucracy.


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