Dear AHA Foundation Supporter,
Happy New Year from all of us here at the AHA Foundation! As we transition into 2017, the AHA staff wishes you all the best in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions, and have decided to share with you a few of our own. We hope you enjoy the chance to connect with us at the Foundation and read the AHA Foundation team’s resolutions.
Then, take a look back at 2016 with AHA’s most popular blogs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to read powerful stories of survival, interviews with activists dedicated to this cause, and blogs addressing the myths surrounding honor violence.
This month we are also featuring an interview with Qadar Issa, a harrowing story from a young man who was kidnapped by his father and taken from his home in the Netherlands to Somalia because he had become too Westernized. Qadar shares what he endured, how he managed to escape and touches upon his desire to help those who may find themselves in a similar situation. Read more to hear the story in his own words, and how he plans to fight against this abuse.
I was moved that despite torrential rain and horrible weather conditions in California, 10,000 supporters attended speeches I gave earlier this month at the MPSF Speaker Series. Our Program Manager Kendall was also there and this was her first opportunity to hear me speak at a large event. Read Kendall’s remarks about the event here.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Founder, The AHA Foundation
P.S. I will be participating in another speaker series in February. You will find the information and dates here if you are interested in attending.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense