Yazidi Activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad signed an agreement between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and France

Yazidi Activist and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, attended a ceremony today to sign an agreement between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and France to provide safe passage to the country for vulnerable Yazidis from Iraq.

Murad was present as the French Crisis and Support Center signed an agreement with the UN’s International Organization for Migration to continue relocating Yazidi women and children to France who were captured by IS terrorist group in 2014 through a special program, a program that started in December 2018.

The program Initiated by Murad and French President Emmanuel Macron in October 2018, the agreement will help to provide protection and admission to France for to up to 100 Yazidi women and their families as part of a Humanitarian Admission Programme. 

The initiative is coordinated by the French Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Interior, as well as Nadia’s Initiative, a foundation advocating for victims of sexual violence.

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi human rights activist from Sinjar in northern Iraq, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2014, she was captured and endured three months as a sex slave at the hands of IS terrorist after they swept through the area of northern Iraq where she lived with her family. She was bought and sold several times and subjected to sexual and physical abuse during her captivity.