(Nadia Murad, photo courtesy of The Independent)
This month’s Inspiring Woman is just twenty-three-years-old: Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman whose village was attacked by ISIS in August 2014. Murad’s family was killed, while she, like many of the other young women, were thrown into the ISIS sex trafficking market. She escaped to Germany after two years of such horror, and since has been advocating for her people.
The Yazidis are a small population of people living in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, and practicing a religion that draws from several faiths. They have become targets of ISIS’s systematic violence, but are often forgotten on the international level.
Murad has fought tirelessly, now with the help of human rights attorney Amal Clooney, to gain the assistance of the United Nations to bring ISIS to international court for the atrocities they have committed against the Yazidi people, as well as other groups. She is a sex trafficking survivor, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and now United Nations goodwill ambassador.
Despite all that she has been through, Nadia has fought for justice and an end to ISIS’s reign of terror. She is truly an inspiration