Creighton Global Scholars Speaker Series: Nadia Murad - 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Honoree

Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Creighton Global Scholars Speaker Series

Monday, September 16, 2019
5:30 PM
Reception to follow at 6:30 PM
Ahmanson Ballroom

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Nadia Murad is a member of the Yazīdī minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIL) launched a brutal attack on her home village of Kocho, Sinjar District. Several hundred people were massacred, including Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers. More than 6,700 girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves. While a captive of ISIL, Nadia Murad was repeatedly subjected to extreme abuses. After three months she managed to flee.

In 2015 Murad left for Germany as part of a refugee program for survivors of ISIL. In December of that year she was asked to speak before the UN Security Council on human trafficking. Her testimony not only drew attention to the ongoing suffering of the Yazīdī community and to the fact that the horror of sexual violence as a weapon of war is far from unique to ISIL. Nadia Murad was appointed the first United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking in 2016
She now works to help women and children who are victims of abuse and human trafficking, and about the mistreatment of the Yazīdī community more broadly. She is 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 will speak about the ongoing challenges faced by Yazīdīs nearly five years after the 2014 attacks and the reality of genocide worldwide, which results from many single decisions to ignore humanity in others.

The Creighton Global Scholars Program is an immersive, international undergraduate program that offers students diverse academic, social and service experiences through four study abroad trips to four different countries over the course of their undergraduate careers.

Contact Info

Rene Padilla
(402) 280-4745

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