Nadia Murad’s impact as a human rights activist has caught international attention for the victims of human trafficking and other brutal deeds of the Islamic State.

On the 10th of October 2016, Yazidi survivors, Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, were presented with the forth Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by European leaders in Strasbourg, France. The award honors outstanding civil society action in defense of human rights and is awarded each year by the parliamentary assembly.

“This award is a powerful message from the democratically elected representatives in Europe to our people and particularly to the more than 6,700 women, girls, and children who became victims of slavery and human trafficking under ISIS, that the genocide will not be repeated”, said Nadia in her acceptance speech. “All people must be able to determine their own lives and nobody should seek to impose their ideas on anyone else”, she added.

In November 2014, Nadia was taken captive by ISIS in Kocho, Iraq along with thousands of women and children, until she managed to escape. As a survivor, she made it her task to be a leader to a movement that protects others living in regions overrun by ISIS fighters.