A Year of Amazing Impact, All Thanks To You: AHA Foundation’s 2022 Achievements

Published 15/12/2022

2022 has been a dizzying and sometimes scary year for all of us. From the continuing effects of the pandemic to the war in Ukraine and economic turmoil, sometimes it feels impossible that any one person can make a difference. But you, AHA Foundation’s readers and supporters, prove such pessimism wrong.

In 2022, we revamped our mission statement: “to preserve, protect, and promote Western freedoms and ideals” (more on this from our Executive Director’s blog here) and celebrated 15 years of incredible impact (watch our 15th anniversary celebration video above). And with you supporting us and cheering us on, we accomplished so much in 2022. We want to share with you a brief list of some of our biggest accomplishments this year to show you that you truly do make a difference.

Exposing and Opposing Islamism: CLARITy Coalition Conference

AHA Foundation, together with activists, academics, ex-Muslims, and Muslim reformers, launched the CLARITy Coalition (Champions for Liberty Against the Reality of Islamist Tyranny) and sponsored a “Going on Offense” Conference in Salzburg, Austria with over 50 leading activists in the fight against Islamist extremism. 

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Discussion during a panel on countering Islamist strategies at the CLARITy Conference in Salzburg. From left: moderator Chris DeMuth, panelists Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Westrop, Hamed Abdel-Samad, and Wasiq Wasiq.

Read More About CLARITy Coalition
Read/Watch Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Keynote Address from Salzburg


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Legislative Advocacy and Support

AHA testified in support of a ban on FGM in the District of Columbia, which might pass this year. We saw the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorized, adding protections from FGM and forced marriage. 

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AHA Senior Director Amanda Parker, a veteran of the fight against FGM in the U.S. (read more below).

Read More: AHA’s Advocacy Leader on the VAWA Reauthorization
Read More: AHA’s Senior Director on 15 Years Fighting to End FGM in the U.S.


Child Marriage Legislation

After 6 years of advocacy, Massachusetts became the seventh U.S. state to end child marriage.

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AHA’s Director of Policy and Women’s Programs Michele Hanash celebrates the culmination of years of activism with the passage of a bill banning child marriage in Massachusetts, 2022 (read more below).

Read More: AHA’s Senior Director on the Massachusetts Victory


Increased Direct Aid for Women and Girls at Risk

This year, we helped 34 individuals who reached out via email to our helpline.


Training Programs for Service Providers about FGM, Child Marriage, & Honor Violence

The American Bar Association hosted our webinar on their continuing education platform and we conducted FGM training with the American Public Health Association. We successfully trained 150 professionals on FGM in Chicago and provided FGM trainings in Orange County, California.

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Project coordinator of AHA’s Chicago anti-FGM training program Oluwadamilola Alabi (standing) on the front lines of the fight against FGM (read more below).

Read More: AHA’s Anti-FGM Trainer on the Chicago Program


Defending Free Speech on Campus

Ayaan spoke at 4 webinars for students from Yale, the University of Central Florida, Florida State and other universities for AHA’s Critical Thinking Fellowship campus program. She also taught a class at the University of Austin, Texas’ (UATX) Forbidden Courses Summer Program, titled Critical Thinking and Freedom of Expression, in June. Our campus program fellows at Fordham, Purdue, and others, held virtual and in-person events with major thinkers, like Peter Boghossian.

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Peter Boghossian conducting a Reverse Q+A at Purdue University (read more below).

Watch: Ayaan’s Webinars and More
Read More: AHA Team Member on Ayaan’s UATX Class
Read More: Peter Boghossian on Fighting Illiberalism on Campus


Increased Media Outreach

This year, Ayaan published dozens of articles in London-based publication UnHerd and continued to write for The Spectator World as a contributing editor. She continued her podcast, The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast, while appearing on several other podcasts. In 2022, Ayaan was at the forefront of the media response to the Salman Rushdie attack with an OpEd in The Washington Post.

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Read More: Ayaan’s Articles Defending Western Freedoms and Ideals

Thank you all for everything that you do—without you, none of our work would have been possible. From everyone at AHA Foundation, we wish you a prosperous and happy 2023.