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Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

First speaker in series, Sept. 16, 2019, Mike and Josie Harper Center

Speaker: Nadia MuradNadia Murad is a member of the Yazīdī minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIL attacked her home village of Kocho, Sinjar District. Hundreds were massacred, including Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers. More than 6,700 girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves, including Murad. After three months she managed to flee.

In 2015, Murad left for Germany as part of a refugee program for survivors of ISIL, and in 2016, she was appointed the first United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She is the founder of 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. In 2018, she earned the Nobel Peace Prize “for [her] efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Nadia Murad is the author of "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and my Fight Against the Islamic State."