Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Nadia’s peaceful life was brutally interrupted in 2014 when Daesh (Islamic State) attacked her homeland of Sinjar – with the intention of ethnically cleansing 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 Daesh and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. Nadia Murad’s organization, Nadia’s Initiative, actively works to persuade governments and other organizations to invest in the sustainable redevelopment of the Yazidi homeland.
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