Raising My Voice : The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out, Paperback

Raising My Voice : The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out Paperback

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Malalai Joya is the youngest and most famous female MP in Afghanistan, whose bravery and vision have won her an international following.

She made world headlines with her very first speech, in which she courageously denounced the presence of warlords in the new Afghan government.

She has spoken out for justice ever since, and for the rights of women in the country she loves.

Raising My Voice shares her extraordinary story. Born during the Russian invasion and spending her youth in refugee camps, Malalai Joya describes how she first became a political activist.

When she returned to Afghanistan, the country was under the grip of the Taliban and she ran a secret school for girls.

A popular MP with her constituents, she received global support when she was suspended from parliament in 2007 because of her forthright views.

Malalai Joya's work has brought her awards and death threats in equal measure.

She lives in constant danger. In this gripping account, she reveals the truth about life in a country embroiled in war - especially for the women - and speaks candidly about the future of Afghanistan, a future that has implications for us all.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781846041495



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The sub title to this thought provoking book published in July this year is ... 'the extraordinary story of the Afghan women who dares to speak out ... ' A most apt subtitle for a memoir of a young women born 30 years ago in the year that the Russians invaded Afghanistan. She speaks of her native land as 'a land of tragedy called Afghanistan'. Passionate and principled she chronicles her life so far - ranging from a growing up in refugee camps to becoming a member of the Afghan parliament this book records one woman's struggle to be heard.

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