I’m excited to share three announcements with you this month. First, AHA Foundation’s 2022 Annual Report: 15 Years of Disruption for Good is available to read now. I hope its theme will remind you that we are all in this fight together. Second, I would like to invite you to join my webinar series in defense of free speech. Finally, I want you to know about our Spring Matching Campaign.
As the title of AHA’s new annual report implies, I think disruption can be more than a force of chaos, but also a force for good.
When we become Disruptors for Good, we shock people out of their complacency—whether by informing them about horrors like female genital mutilation and child marriage inflicted upon girls and women right here in the U.S., by speaking up on campus against dominant illiberal ideologies, or by exposing the dangerous influence of Islamist ideology—and we push society one step closer to ending injustice and attaining liberty for all.
Change for good is only possible when disruptors, people like you, work together. Read the annual report here.
But for all our accomplishments over the past 15 years, there is still a long way to go before we can truly say we have achieved liberty for all. And to me, that means that moving forward, we must fight even harder.
That is why I am inviting you to a new series of webinars, The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Dialogues, where I will be speaking with experts about the importance of free speech and how to defend it in these troubled times. We must disrupt a status quo marked above all by illiberalism and censoriousness. In our second blog this month, I discuss the threats to free speech and provide more information on the webinar series. See here.
In the first webinar, I will speak with the Danish author Jacob Mchangama about the lessons we can learn from the millennia-long battle for free speech in a conversation moderated by the courageous free speech champion Flemming Rose. The webinar is on April 25 at 1 pm EDT/10am PDT/6pm CET and you can register for it, as well as send in your questions, here. If you cannot attend, please still register to receive a recording of the webinar and future updates.
On a related note, I also want to share the recording of a webinar hosted by our campus program with former American Civil Liberties Union president Nadine Strossen. Watch this enlightening discussion about hate speech, free speech, and the First Amendment here.
Finally, a generous donor has pledged $15,000 in matching funds, meaning all gifts will be doubled until we reach that figure. If you have not had a chance to send a gift in 2023, now is the perfect time to double your disruption for good!
Please, stand with us and give today, so that we can go on disrupting for good long into the future.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Founder
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense