women’s rights

Below you will find two videos of survivors speaking about being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is a human rights violation, and in the United States alone, over half a million women and girls are at risk or have already undergone FGM.

The fight against FGM could not continue without brave survivors speaking out, exposing the abuse and taking a stand against it in hopes that another girl does not have to go through the same pain. They are warriors of this movement. Gladis and Esther are two of these warriors.


Gladis tells how her family called for her to follow tradition, even though nobody enjoyed the practice. She discusses how in this day and age, our civilization should have eradicated the practice already.


Esther speaks about what happens during FGM, and the justification behind why it is still practiced. She touches on how the community can pressure young girls into thinking they need it and how practitioners can hide in plain sight in our communities.


Find out here if your state criminalizes this heinous practice.

December 11, 2018

Survivor voices “I just believe by now, civilization should have stopped such an act.”

Below you will find two videos of survivors speaking about being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). […]
December 3, 2018

Update on the First Female Genital Mutilation Case in the U.S.: A stunning development as judge dismisses primary charges against defendants and rules anti-FGM law unconstitutional

In a shocking ruling, the district court judge presiding over the first-ever federally prosecuted case of female genital […]
November 5, 2018

Child marriage survivors say UK law legitimises ‘terrible’ abuse – Thomas Reuters Foundation News

LONDON, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Zee was 13, she returned from school one day to […]
August 28, 2018

Another Case of Honor Violence Takes Lives in Texas

To respect confidentiality of the survivor, those imaged above are neither the perpetrator nor survivor described in this […]
August 11, 2018

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 […]
June 25, 2018

AHA Foundation Campus Program Fellows Promote Free Thinking on U.S. Campuses – One Event At A Time

Madeleine Hubbard is a rising junior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign studying Journalism and Political Science. In […]
June 18, 2018

Survivor of FGM, Assita Kanko, Fights for Human Rights for Everyone

Blog is based on past interviews and conversations with Assita Kanko. “Loneliness, the smell of the place where […]
June 8, 2018

The Human Rights Violation Of Women That Rarely Gets Discussed – The Hoover Institution

On April 11, 2018, the Hoover Institution hosted a panel on female genital mutilation featuring Mary Wambui, the […]
June 5, 2018

Ep. 5: The Ayaan Hirsi Ali You DON’T Know – the Femsplainers Podcast

Listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak about her life story, political correctness and female genital mutilation (FGM) with Christina […]
May 21, 2018

Muslims, Islamists, Jihadis: What’s the Difference? Critical Thinking Unit Event

Tomorrow May 22, 2018 our Critical Thinking Unit will be hosting and event on Stanford’s campus! “Muslims, Islamists, […]
April 9, 2018

Will Saudi Arabia Free Its Women? – The Wall Street Journal Full-Text

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is in the United Kingdom this week to meet two female […]
January 9, 2018

India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights – Global Citizen

India’s top court has ruled that sex with a child is always rape, quashing a clause that allowed […]
January 6, 2018

Irish project helping to end child marriage in Nepal – thejournal.ie

IN NEPAL 10% of girls are married before the age of 15 and 37% are married before the […]
December 20, 2017

AHA Foundation 2017 Annual Report
Celebrating 10 Years of Life-Saving Work
and Revealing the Vision for the Next Ten Years

Ten years ago, Ayaan Hirsi Ali founded the AHA Foundation to protect women and girls from honor violence […]
February 23, 2017

Behind the Scenes of the AHA Foundation – From the Intern’s Perspective

I came to the AHA Foundation after receiving my Master’s Degree in International Business and Global Studies. I […]
August 17, 2016

An Interview with Nazir Afzal, UK’s Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, on Criminalization of Forced Marriage

Nazir Afzal OBE, honor violence expert from the UK’s Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, […]
May 24, 2016

AHA Foundation’s Executive Director Bids a Farewell, Reflects on Most Inspiring Achievements

“From Africa to the Middle East to the U.S., I have met many women and girls who understand […]
May 9, 2016

Clan Councils Perpetuate Abuses of Women’s Rights in India

While there is pressure to change the abuses of women’s rights and the patriarchal structure in India, in villages […]
April 22, 2016

Liberal Critiques of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

As a one of the world’s preeminent advocates for women and the head of a foundation dedicated to the […]
April 8, 2016

Sesame Street Introduces New Character

Sesame Street has introduced a new character, Zari, an Afghan girl who advocates for women’s rights. Sesame Street worked with […]