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Nadia Murad        

Human Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is a Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist from Iraq and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

On August 15, 2015 ISIS fighters invaded her farming village of Kocho; the men in the village were executed, and the young women were kidnapped and forced to become sex slaves. That year Murad was one of more than 6,700 Yazidi women taken prisoner by Islamic State in Iraq. Murad endured their torture for three months and then miraculously managed to escape.

Murad courageously briefed the United Nations Security Council on the issue of human trafficking and conflict, the first time the Council was ever briefed on human trafficking. As part of her role as an ambassador, Murad participates in global and local advocacy initiatives to bring awareness of human trafficking and refugees. Murad reaches out to refugee and survivor communities, listening to testimonies of victims of trafficking and genocide.

In 2016, Murad founded "Nadia's Initiative", an organization dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities. That same year she was named the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations (UNODC).

Murad's memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, details her life experiences.

In 2018, she and Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.


Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win 2018 accolade

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed  ...

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad For ...

Dr. Denis Mukwege (left), from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2014 and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman from Iraq, in 2016 as they both address the ...

Nadia Murad's tale of captivity with Islamic State - Bearing witness

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight against the Islamic State. By Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. Tim Duggan Books; 306 pages; $27. Virago ...

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