Jo Swinson interviews youngest Afghan woman MP Malalai Joya

Malalai has faced death threats for her criticisms of Afghan politics

Jo Swinson with Malalai Joya at Westminster

Malalai Joya, Afghanistan’s youngest woman MP, defied death threats to travel on London’s underground to be interviewed by Jo, the UK’s youngest MP, at the House of Commons recently for Women’s Parliamentary Radio.

Malalai has just been given the Anna Politkovskaya award by the charity RAW on War in memory of the Russian journalist murdered two years ago in Moscow. “She lives a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger as Anna did,” said Mariana Katzarova of RAW in War.

Malalai, now 30 years old, is currently suspended from the Parliament for saying: “A stable or a zoo is better than the legislature”. She continues to campaign against the warlords.

In this special 20 minute documentary podcast Jo talks to Malalai and Boni Sones, Executive Producer of reads from the words of her friend, the campaigning journalist Glyn Strong in an article she wrote for the Daily Telegraph after visiting Malalai in Afghanistan.

It can be listened to on Home Page and International live or downloaded as a podcast.

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