Advocacy Work

With the support of Yazda and ince December 2015, Nadia Murad has attended and convened numerous meetings as part of her campaign to build awareness of the treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, including the Yazidis. She has met, among others, the UN Secretary General, the US Secretary of State, his Holiness the Pope, the Prime Ministers of Norway, Greece, Canada, Australia and Italy, the Presidents of Greece, Egypt and Ireland, the German Chancellor, the Prince of Kuwait as well as prominent Ministers from several countries and representatives of national parliaments.

Ms Murad has spoken about the Yazidis’ plight, and her own, before the United Nations, the Council of Europe and several domestic and international institutions, often alongside her legal counsel Amal Clooney. Interviews given by Ms Murad have been equally instrumental in raising awareness of the atrocities perpetrated by IS, and a book recounting her experience in IS captivity will be published in September 2017. Yazda has supported Nadia Murad throughout these efforts.

Ms Murad’s advocacy work prompted the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes to appoint her as the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and the European Parliament to award her and Lamiya Aji Bashar the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She also obtained several other awards such as Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe and the 2016 Battle of Crete Award for courage by Oxi Day Foundation. She was also a 2016 Nobel Prize nominee. Most importantly, Nadia’s efforts have ensured that diplomats, politicians and citizens all over the world have become aware of the brutal criminality of IS and the tragedy of the Yazidi genocide, and prompted widespread support for efforts to hold IS accountable at all levels. Other Yazidi women have joined the campaign to raise awareness, including; Farida Abbas, Samia Sleman, Shireen Ibrahim, among others.

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