Malalai Joya is one of the most influential female activists that has come out of Afghanistan. She served as a Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 - until she was dismissed on charges of speaking out against the elders of the assembly that were considered corrupt.
When her suspension was made, she was caught up in a large amount of international attention. Many famous international leaders and influential people supported her reinstatement as Parliamentarian.
In 2010, Time magazine added Malalai to their list of the 100 influential people in the world. Other well-known publications ranked her in similar fashion - and from this, she gained considerably respect from the international activist community.
To learn more about this extraordinary women who dared to speak out against the corrupt National Assembly of Afghanistan, read: http://www.malalaijoya.com/dcmj/