Monday, May 21, 2007

Leading Afghan woman MP suspended

An outspoken woman in the lower house of the Afghan parliament, Malalai Joya, has been suspended after comparing other MPs to animals.

Ms Joya said in a television interview that parliament was worse than a stable because, she said, at least stable animals were useful...

Ms Joya is sometimes described as the most famous woman in Afghanistan.

She made her name as a women's rights activist and has been a ceaseless critic of the warlords in parliament.

If she had been a man and said that, would she have been suspended? I seriously doubt it. They are probably getting back at her for helping women to have a voice in the country. Afghanistan is slowly getting back to it's Taliban era. I hope she can still be influential in getting women their rights.

A.

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