How can disruption be a positive force—and how can you become a Disruptor for Good? Read on for a message from AHA’s Executive Director George Zarubin on our spring matching campaign.
When I’m asked how to summarize the work of AHA Foundation these days, I answer that we are Disruptors for Good. You see, while disruption can be a force for chaos, it can also be a force for good. When we start to take our freedoms for granted, for example, it’s important to disrupt this complacency, lest we lose them entirely.
This is what AHA has done since 2007, following in the footsteps of our Founder Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan has dedicated her life to disrupting the status quo and making people sit up and pay attention to things they would otherwise ignore or forget about: the plight of women and girls who suffer because of oppressive traditions like female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, the threats to our most fundamental values, particularly free speech, and the danger Islamism poses to free societies.
People don’t like talking about these issues because they are sensitive and, sadly, often controversial and divisive. But we need to talk about these things. We need to speak out and take action to protect our precious, fragile freedoms—or risk losing them.
Across our 15 years of existence, we have dared to disrupt for good. By supporting us, you empower us to challenge those in power to stand up and protect our freedoms and to make lasting change for the most vulnerable in our society. By supporting us, you are a Disruptor for Good, too.
And we need to be even bolder in our disruption. 10 states, plus Washington, D.C., lack FGM bans, while 43 states still allow child marriage. This is unconscionable.
Right now, we are working hard in various states to rectify these injustices. There must be zero tolerance for FGM and child marriage. Survivors of these abuses agree:
“I demand that my legislators change the law to end all marriages under the age of eighteen, no exceptions.”
– Sara Tasneem, survivor of child marriage in the U.S.
“There needs to be [an anti-FGM] law in every state for a little girl to be safe.”
– Jenny, FGM survivor from Kentucky
Meanwhile, censoriousness on college campuses and beyond is shutting down debate on difficult issues and Islamism continues to inflict pain and misery across the world.
This state of affairs is in dire need of disruption—and you can help us do this. One of our generous donors pledged $15,000 in matching funds, meaning that your gift will be matched until we raise that amount. By giving today, your gift will be doubled.
Become a Disruptor for Good by giving today—and double the disruption!
With these funds, we can expand our legislative efforts to end FGM and child marriage, continue to promote free speech through our campus program, and keep pushing back against Islamist ideology. By giving today, you become a Disruptor for Good and help us defend our most precious freedoms and ideals.