Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Founder of the AHA Foundation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was recently interviewed on PBS’s Firing Line, exposing the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States. She discusses why we hesitate to protect girls, and how the movement to end this horrific practice is similar to, as well as how it differs from, the #metoo movement.

Watch Ayaan’s interview above to learn more about the practice of FGM and what must be done to end the practice in the US. 

For 10 years, the AHA Foundation has fought to protect women and girls by ending the practice of FGM in the U.S. While there have been many victories throughout the years, much more work remains to keep girls in this country safe from FGM. 23 states still fail to protect their girls by criminalizing the practice. Doctors, social service and other professionals who are likely to encounter victims do not know how to recognize and prevent this form of child abuse.


Source: https://www.pbs.org


  1. Kathleen says:

    Without prosecution, the abuse will not stop. Just look at the Catholic Church.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Ayaan for educating viewers about the correct terminology for the female external genitalia.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Prosecution is an important element of education.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Cultural sensitivity is important. Human rights are more important, way more important.

  5. John Wright says:

    Private beliefs, no matter how ardently they may be valued, do not rise to the status of indisputable facts and therefor their ultimate value to mankind must be determined by the degree to which they can be judged to allow all those who live under their influence to flourish, free to realize the full potential that their individual natural rights demand. FGM, child marriage, honor violence, Sharia law are barbaric practices that are driven and supported by those who want to privilege personal religious beliefs over reason, science, humanism and progress – Enlightenment values which were codified in the Declaration Universal of Human Rights produced by the United Nations in 1947. If the ultimate confirmation of the value and legitimacy of any religion is the degree to which that religion advocates for natural human rights, and promotes the freedom that all those men, women and children under its influence require to be happy, to prosper, to flourish and be encouraged to reach their full potential as human beings, then fundamentalist Islam is to be categorically dismissed as a cancerous influence upon humanity.

  6. #MeToo doesn’t seem to me to be a good model for the campaign against female genital mutilation. The #MeToo practice of blaming and shaming on social media is likely to be ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. It would also help perpetuate the idea that the way to right wrongs is to pillory individuals. As Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, what is needed is legislative change, plus lobbying to ensure that the new laws are enforced.

  7. Vasantray Vachhani says:

    FGM is the only one among many other evil practices carried on by Muslim community. Others are early child marrige, dress code, half value to women’s testimony etc. The gravest is denial to acceptance of other religions. Unfortunately education has done little to counter it. However leaders can not escape from their responsibilities to give better future to all people and have peace in the world.

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