Ayaan speaks with Nicholas Kristof about human rights abuses against women and girls around the world. They discuss his recent article, “A 14-Year-Old Bride, Wed to Her Rapist, Playing on a Jungle Gym,” and dive into the subjects of child marriage, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation.

Nicholas Kristof has been a columnist for the New York Times since 2001. He graduated from Harvard, studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and then studied Arabic in Cairo. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and of the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards such as the Anne Frank Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has written several books including A Path Appears and Half the Sky. Their latest book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, was published in January 2020.

Follow him on Twitter @NickKristof

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    As Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out to the “clueless but well-meaning” Nicholas Kristof, small numbers of immigrants are assimilated; large numbers of immigrants assimilate America to their values.  Immigrant communities actually regress to the Dark Age practices of their homelands.

    N.B.: I always call Nicholas Kristof  “clueless but well-meaning”, a liberal who is unaware that the liberal solutions he proposes have already failed.

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