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Past Event

Ayaan Hirsi Ali with Bari Weiss: Islam, Immigration and Women's Rights

Somali-born Dutch-American politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali has long been an advocate for reform. As a former Muslim herself, she has publicly denounced practices such as forced marriage, honor violence, and female genital mutilation. In her newest book, Prey, Hirsi Ali is asking a new tough question: Is the rise of sexual assault cases in Europe correlated with the mass arrival of immigrants? What should European nations do to better assimilate newcomers and promote values of equality and respect? As a refugee herself, Hirsi Ali knows first-hand the struggles of integration and assimilation that are necessary in immigrating to a new nation. Rather than restricting immigration, Hirsi Ali is calling for Europeans to reform their broken system that allows young men to bring sexual violence and marginalization of women into Europe. She says it’s a real problem that Europe—and the world—cannot continue to ignore.

Join us as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and journalist Bari Weiss describe her research in Prey and imagines a new future that protects and advances the rights of women around the world.

February 11, 2021

United States

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Human Rights Activist; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights

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In Conversation with Bari Weiss

Journalist and Former Op-ed Staff Editor, The New York Times

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Gloria Duffy

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California—Program Chair