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Joya has been nominated for the 9th Annual Global Exchange Human Rights Award

Deborah Dupre, The Examiner, April 8, 2011

Malalai Joya speaking in Western Washington University

Malalai Joya, former Afghan MP and author of the book, " A Woman Among Warlords," has been nominated for the 9th Annual Global Exchange Human Rights Award. Joya could receive one of the human rights awards along with Gulf Coast residents' advocate, Wilma Subra and UN Ambassador Pablo Salon who consistently defends the rights of the oppressed in the international climate debate.

This third human rights award is also part of the Global Exchange People’s Choice Contest.

Joya Is the Afghan female activist and politician banned from the Loya Jirga parliament in Afghanistan for speaking out aginst warlords.

She has received many death threats and five assassination attempts. Nevertheless, Joya continues working to promote human rights in Afghanistan.

Anitra Wetzel, a human rights defender who actively supports Joya, stated today about Joya's recent speaking events in California, "Thanks to all that made it! Malalai is such an inspiration!!"

Let us all continue to help her cause - which is the cause intertwined into all social justice's seekers - and spread the truth about what is going on in Afghanistan and the U.S. so we may change what needs to change!

The People’s Choice honoree will receive $1,000 in honor of their work and will be recognized at this year’s Human Rights Awards gala celebration on June 1, 2011.

On June 1, 2011, Global Exchange will honor the work of Gulf Coast Activist Wilma Subra (Domestic Honoree). Subra is an accomplished environmental scientist who has been on the frontlines fighting for the rights of local communities in Louisiana following the Gulf oil-related catastrophe that has left hundreds of thousands of residents sick, suffering and dying.

This year’s International Honoree is U.N. Ambassador for Bolivia Pablo Solón, the strong proponent of climate justice and the rights of nature.

The People’s Choice Honoree is chosen by the public. Votes for Malalai Joya can be cast at