You are looking at a photo of a very brave woman. A lot braver than most men that she is supposed to be inferior to. Malalai Joya who was born April 25, 1978 is an Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan. I believe her to be the bravest woman in the world. As an elected member of the Parliament from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. To survive on a day to day basis, she is moved from house to house, rarely staying two nights in the same place and managing to stay just one step ahead of the religious fanatics who want to murder her. Goons armed with automatic rifles who spill out of vans to search suspect houses. She has six loyal bodyguards armed with AK-47s and she wears a burqa at all times. There will never come a time when this brave lady is safe in her own country. I fear that her days are numbered. The accompanying photo was taken during her visit to Australia in 2007. May God protect you Malalai Joya. Why are we in Afghanistan risking the lives of our soldiers if the Afghan parliament is no different to the Taliban? If the Taliban are defeated and the West leaves, I believe that there will be no change in their attitude to their women.