One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad, has pledged to donate her entire $500,000 award to victims of sex crimes.
Nadia, who was among 3,000 Yazidi women abducted by ISIS in 2014, was raped multiple times during one-month captivity. The 25-year-old is the second youngest Nobel Peace laureate.
In her acceptance speech, she said that she is committing "100 per cent of the money" to her organization. Nadia's Initiative, which establishes programming to help women and minorities in Iraq.
Murad often speaks out against minority persecution as a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, which was targeted by the Islamic State.
“I dedicate my award to Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds, other persecuted minorities and all of the countless victims of sexual violence around the world.” She said in her statement
“I think of my mother, who was murdered by [ISIS], the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honour them, persecution of minorities must end" she added.
Nadia shared the award with Denis Mukwege, a medical practitioner, who spent his life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.
“She won the award for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and she has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims,” said the Nobel Committee chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen.
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