March is “National Women’s History Month”. There are so many women in our lifetime that come to mind when I reflect on this most important subject.
Several years ago I was watching CNN and I was intrigued by a woman who had just published a book about her struggle to survive a life that you would think could only be a movie. The book was titled Infidel; its author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born into a Majerteen family in Mogadishu Somalia. They were a well-established family as her father was a leading figure in the Somali Revolution.
As a small child of 5 years, she was forced, by her Grandmother, to have a female circumcision or better known as female genital mutilation. In 1992 her father arranged a marriage to a distant cousin in Canada. Refusing to submit herself to a stranger, and relinquish all rights as a woman, she escaped that marriage and went to the Netherlands seeking asylum with the help of a relative living there. Continue reading The Life and Spirit of Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Women’s History Month