The duo was awarded the prize for « their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict, » said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Nobel Committee, in a statement. Indeed, Dr. Denis Mukwege is known for his work with victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
« Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. (..) Each of them, in their own way, has helped to give greater visibility to wartime sexual violence, » Berit added.
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Today, UN ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking (appointed in 2016), the 25-year-old, whose six brothers and her mother were killed by ISIS, is now campaigning for the persecutions against the Yazidis to be considered as a genocide. « The future remains unknown for the Yazidi community, »Nadia Murad said, as nearly 3,000 women and children remain imprisoned by jihadists, and many in the Sinjar mountain region still live in refugee camps.
Asked about the #MeToo movement against harassment and sexual assault, born in the United States a year ago, Nadia Murad said she hopes that women who report sexual abuse « will be heard and accepted, and feel safe enough to talk about it. »
Murad’s abduction was part of an ISIS arrest on her northern-Iraqi village, known for housing Yazidis – an ethno-religious group native to the Mesopotamian region. ISIS classifies the group as « infidels » and seeks to ethnically cleanse them. Men were slaughtered, while women and children were taken as slaves. The extremist group also destroyed their temples.