Nobel peace prize nominee held captive by IS to speak at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Nov 24, 2016 11:04 AM |
UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad will be in Leicester from 11am-12noon on Friday 25 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 November 2016

PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPP: Media are allowed into the lecture theatre to record/film the event from 11am-12noon. There will be short interview opps after the lecture in the following order:

12noon-12.15: TV interviews

12.15-12.25: radio interviews

12.25-12.30: print media interviews

At 12.30pm there will be a photo opp with students and Nadia with the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle.

All media MUST register in advance with the University of Leicester press office in order to gain access to interviews and must bring press credentials.

Email to register before 9.30am on Friday 25 November

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was held captive by Islamic State members and whose six brothers were murdered by them, is to speak out at the University of Leicester on The Struggle of Yazidis Against IS.

Ms Murad, who is 23, will speak as part of the School of History, Politics and International Relations Public Lecture Series on the Kurds and the Middle East. The event takes place on Friday 25 November from 11am-12noon in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, University of Leicester.

Ms Murad is winner of the EU’s prestigious Sakharov Human Rights Prize and is dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities and human trafficking heal and re-build their lives and communities.

Ms Murad said: “If we all do our small part, in every corner of the world, I believe we can end genocide and mass atrocities against women and children. If we have the courage to stand up and fight for those we don’t know - who live thousands of miles away – we can make a difference. The world is one community and we need to act as such.”

She will meet President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle, who is a HeForShe Impact Champion, as well as students and academics.

Professor Boyle said: “Nadia’s story as a survivor of genocide is one that must be heard. Having been founded in the wake of war to build hope for future generations, the University has a centre dedicated to genocide studies, and a deep commitment to securing rights for the victims of violence through our education and research.

“We are particularly pleased to welcome Nadia as the University is a champion of HeForShe - a global solidarity movement for gender equality, with the aim of engaging and encouraging men and boys to take action against gender inequality and to spread awareness and inspire action to eliminate discrimination against women and girls. The University of Leicester was invited by the United Nations to be one of just ten universities in the HeForShe IMPACT Champions programme.”

Dr Marianna Charountaki, Lecturer in Kurdish Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, said: “A fundamental goal for Nadia’s Initiative is to fight impunity for crimes committed against all margined communities devastated by global terrorism.

“Hers is a universal message and it strikes at the very core of the lecture series organised by the University of Leicester to highlight the plight of communities in conflict zones.”

Speakers at the event also include Dr Alexander Korb, Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Associate Professor in Modern European History, and Professor Jill Marshall, Professor of Law in the Law School, specialising in Human Rights and Political and Legal Theory, particularly Feminist Jurisprudence.

  • To register for the event please email expressing your interest.  It takes place on 25 November 2016 from 11:00 – 12:00 in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Ground Floor, University of Leicester.



For more info contact:

Dr Marianna Charountaki

Lecturer in Kurdish Politics and International Relations

University of Leicester,

t: +44 116 252 6411


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