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Nadia Murad        

Human Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Leading Advocate for Survivors of Genocide and Sexual Violence

Nadia Murad, a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Murad’s peaceful life was brutally interrupted in 2014 when ISIS attacked her homeland in Sinjar - to ethnically cleanse Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women, in particular, have suffered greatly - as they have been and continue to be victims of sexual violence.

Much of Murad’s advocacy work is focused on meeting with global leaders to raise awareness of ISIS and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. Murad is the President and Chairwoman of Nadia’s Initiative, which actively works to persuade governments and international organizations to support the sustainable re-development of the Yazidi homeland, as well as survivors of sexual violence globally.

Murad is also the Co-Founder of the Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. In 2016, she became the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations. That year, she was also awarded the Council of Europe Václav Havel Award for Human Rights and Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. In 2018, she won the Nobel Peace Prize with Dr. Denis Mukwege. In 2019, she became a UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate.

In her capacity as a member of France’s Gender Advisory Council, Murad advocates G7 member states to adopt legislation that protects and promotes women’s rights. Murad and the Nadia’s Initiative team were instrumental in drafting and advocating for the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2467, which expands the UN’s commitments to end sexual violence in conflict.

Murad was also a driving force behind the drafting and passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2379, which established UNITAD (United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL).


Seeking Justice and Dignity for Survivors | United Nations
Nadia Murad details her fight against ISIL as part of a panel discussion on trafficking in persons organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  ...
Nobel laureate Nadia Murad's fight to bring ISIS to court - CBS News
The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize recipient tells 60 Minutes why she and her lawyer, Amal Clooney, want ISIS tried for war crimes and genocide. Scott Pelley reports.
Nobel laureate Nadia Murad denounces lack of will to end sexual ...
Speaking during an online event titled #EndSGBV, hosted by the United Arab Emirates, Norway and Somalia on the margins of General Assembly general debate, ...
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney vow to ...
Nadia Murad's vow to take ISIS to court, and her heartbreaking return home. By Scott Pelley ... Nadia Murad speaking with "60 Minutes" in 2015. We found her ...

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