Nobel Prize Winner Convinces France to Aid Yazidis -

Nobel Prize Winner Convinces France to Aid Yazidis

  • Published on
    October 26, 2018
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Anti-Slavery Activists, Human Trafficking, Rehabilitation & Liberation
Hero Banner

France has agreed to take in 100 Yazidi women who were formerly held as sex slaves by ISIS militants and who are now living in refugee camps in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

The decision follows a high-profile meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad —herself a survivor of sex trafficking at the hands of ISIS.

Related Campaign: Join the fight for freedom for girls

After being raped and tortured by ISIS, Murad escaped and has campaigned to bring the world’s attention to the plight of her fellow Yazidis.

Thomson Reuters Foundation reports:

French President Emmanuel Macron and Murad met in Paris on Thursday, and he said afterward that 20 women are expected to be taken in by France this year and the rest in 2019.

In a statement, he said he commended her fight for survivors of sexual, ethnic and religious violence.

“Awards like the Nobel Peace Prize help to put these connections at the forefront of the global news agenda,” said Brita Fernandez Schmidt, head of Women for Women International, a non-profit group that supports survivors of conflict, including Yazidi women in Iraq.

“On the global level, her focusing attention on the issues of sexual violence in conflict will hopefully help Yazidi women move forward and give them the help they need,” said Schmidt.

Murad’s campaigning efforts have brought her to speak to the United Nations Security Council and governments around the world.

In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Murad has also been appointed a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and written a book entitled “The Last Girl” about her experience.

“She has been a leader fighting for Yazidis for more than four years. Attention has been paid, which is great, and people are listening,” said Ahmed Khudida Burjus of Yazda, a charity that helps survivors, and director of Nadia Murad’s Initiative, a group that works with Murad.

“There is real change happening because of Nadia’s strength in fighting for Yazidi women and the community,” he added.

“She is something incredible.”

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

1 Comment
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Paulette Harvey
Paulette Harvey
4 years ago

Why hasn’t the UK done anything for the Yazidis, I have been advocating this for over 4 years, we to our eternal shame have done nothing,

This week

Ireland’s noteworthy anti-trafficking framework

13 September 2023, a report by the Human Rights and Equality Commission of Ireland (IHREC) on recommendations to the government for improving its methods for supporting victims of human trafficking was released. The report revealed that from 2013 to 2022, 55% of victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation, 38% were trafficked for labor exploitation, and for the first time, suspected trafficking for organ removal was recorded. Shortly after the

| Thursday September 14, 2023

Read more