Nobel peace prize nominee held captive by IS gives public lecture - photo gallery added

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, spoke out at the University of Leicester on The Struggle of Yazidis Against IS.

Ms Murad, who is 23, spoke as part of the School of History, Politics and International Relations Public Lecture Series on the Kurds and the Middle East. The event took 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. She is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, the goal of which is to fight impunity for crimes committed against all margined communities devastated by global terrorism.

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

Speakers at the event also included 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.

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