The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their work combating sexual violence from the Islamic State (IS). 25-year-old Yazidi Murad is a survivor of sexual abuse herself and has campaigned to raise awareness of wartime sexual violence ever since. Mukwege is a 63-year-old Congolese doctor who has also dedicated himself to defending victims. Both recipients will receive an equal amount of the nine million Swedish kronor prize money. Murad stated, “I share this award with all Yazidis, with all the Iraqis, Kurds and all the minorities and all survivors of sexual violence around the world.” Her solidarity with women and victims not just in her own country but across the globe demonstrates her extraordinary courage in the face of extreme adversity. Through examples like her, women from all backgrounds can feel united.
Murad’s organization, Nadia’s Initiative, is seeking stories to help raise awareness on wartime violence. Follow this link to share any information, or share it on social media to spread the campaign further.
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Head over to Nadia Murad’s website to see more of the work she does across the globe to combat sexual violence.