A native of Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a feminist and critic of Islam, before meeting in the Parliament of the Netherlands, became one of three women awarded this year the prestigious award Foundation in support of justice and human rights named Lantos.
About it writes on Sunday, December 13, Jewish news Agency JTA.
Ayaan Hirsi was born in 1969 to a Muslim family. Her parents were forced to flee the country because of political repression, has received a residence permit in Kenya.
Father Hirsi Ali tried to marry her off to a distant relative living in Canada, but she refused and was forced to run, fleeing from the vengeance of outraged relatives, in the Netherlands, where he received asylum. Ian studied political science at the University of Leiden, worked as a translator in the legal and immigration departments.
In August 2002 she published the book «Factory of sons», which told readers about the place of women in traditional Islamic society. Hirsi Ali argued that the life of the prophet Muhammad does not conform to modern notions of morality, since he was married to a minor (the prophet’s wife Aisha was, according to various estimates, from 6 to 14 years). Called for the closure of mosques on the grounds that there glorify the Quran, which endorses domestic violence and physical punishment against women.
In 2004, together with Director Theo van Gogh made a documentary «Submission» about the oppression of women in Islamic societies, after which a colleague was killed by an Islamic radical. Ayaan Hirsi has also repeatedly threatened with physical violence. Now she lives in a secret place under constant police protection.
In 2006, Hirsi Ali was awarded the title «European of the year» and in the same year moved to the USA, where he worked at the American enterprise Institute. But was forced to return to the Netherlands, as the authorities refused to pay for measures to ensure her safety. In October 2007, Hirsi Ali was granted asylum in Denmark. Brave woman plans to shoot the film «Submission — 2», dedicated to the terrorist attacks of Islamists in European countries, despite the threats.
Note also that the founder of the Fund was Congressman Tom Lantos – the only Holocaust survivors, in the American Parliament. For three decades Lantos, a lawyer by profession, was one of the most active defenders of civil rights.
Previously the Lantos prize were awarded to Israeli President Shimon Peres, former U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Elie Wiesel and the Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama XIV Tenzin gyamtsho, winner Nobelevskii peace prize and the congressional Gold medal.