Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born 13 November 1969) is a Somali-born American (formerly Dutch) feminist and atheist activist, writer and politician who is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam. She wrote the screenplay for Theo van Gogh’s movie Submission, after which she and the director both received death threats, and the director was assassinated. The daughter of the Somali politician and opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse, she is a founder of the women’s rights organisation the AHA Foundation. Reference

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Honor violence affects thousands of women every year worldwide. Recently featured in Cosmopolitan UK, Honor Diaries ALL STAR cast of popular women’s advocates uses Hollywood to shed light on the dark abuse happening all around the world.

Honor Diaries, a film about women’s rights, features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies. These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

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Malala Yousafzai was one of three nominees for the 2014 World Children’s Prize – also known as the “Children’s Nobel.” The beautiful advocate may not have won the prize for peace this morning, but in a world so clearly separated by contrasting views, she has inspired a common devotion from millions of children & adults alike who pray for equal education opportunities world-wide.

The admiration isn’t surprising considering at the youthful age of 16, her ability to convey the importance of education, “Having lived in Asia for a number of years, I saw firsthand what a lack of educational opportunities means to a woman long-term and the poverty nations suffer as a result of a strong percentage of their population remaining unschooled.” Amy Cooper on why she supports Malala

Speaking at the World Bank, Malala is thankful to have been nominated for the prestigous award. She may not have won recognition in the form of this particular prize…but her bravery and understanding is a gift to our society and has definately won our hearts.

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Next Friday, February 14, 2014 V-Board member Thandie Newton will join supporters for V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The actress focuses much of her support towards sexually abused women in the Congo. As a child, Thandie Newton saw her neighbor get abused by her husband, since then she has made it her mission to help abused women.
Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 1.19.14 PMIn a recent interview with Gayle Jo Carter of USA Today, Newton expresses the trauma of her childhood, “It was shocking and no one was saying it was wrong. She didn’t call the police; that was just part of the relationship.” After becoming a mom, Newton was motivated to devote her energies to bring awareness to “the destruction of women” around the world: “I think I found the woman in me when I had my children.”

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