Malalai Joya, 31, Afghanistan
She is an activist, writer and a former politician from Afghanistan. She is an outspoken critic of the Karzai administration and its western supporters, particularly the United States. She was called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan" by the BBC. Joya has written a memoir with Canadian writer Derrick O'Keefe. The US and Canadian version of the book was published in October 2009 by Scribner under the title 'A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice'.