Nadia Murad: Iraqi human rights activist

Nadia Murad: Iraqi human rights activist


Nadia Murad Basee Taha (born 1993 in Kojo, Sinjar, Iraq) is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist who lives in Germany. In 2014 she was kidnapped from her hometown Kojo and held by the Islamic State for three months. In 2018, she and Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. She is the first Iraqi to be awarded a Nobel prize.

Murad 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”

  • Nadia Murad: The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, was published by Crown Publishing Group on 7 November 2017.
  • Nadia Murad: Ich bin eure Stimme: Das Mädchen, das dem Islamischen Staat entkam und gegen Gewalt und Versklavung kämpft (Knaur eBook, 31 October 2017),(German)

Awards and honours

  • 2016: First Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations
  • 2016: Council of Europe Václav Havel Award for Human Rights
  • 2016: Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (with Lamiya Aji Bashar)
  • 2018: Nobel Peace Prize (with Denis Mukwege)

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