Nobel Prize winner is former University of Leicester visitor

Posted by ep273 at Oct 12, 2018 09:54 AM |
Nadia Murad, who visited the University of Leicester in 2016 to give a rare public lecture, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nadia Murad, who visited the University of Leicester in 2016 to give a rare public lecture, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nadia was given the award alongside Congolese gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege for their efforts to highlight the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Nadia has been praised around the world for her courage in highlighting the abuse she suffered as a prisoner of IS militants, going on to become a UN Goodwill ambassador campaigning to help put an end to human trafficking and calling on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war.

When Nadia Murad came to talk to our students and staff about the struggle of Yazidis against Islamic State, the audience were moved to tears. You can watch the BBC report of Nadia’s visit here and read our report here.

The University is proud of its links with Kurdistan, led by the Kurdistan International Studies Unit in our School of History, Politics and International Relations.

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