Oct 05, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her client Nadia Murad “sends a message that survivors of sexual violence must not be ignored, and that their abusers must be held to account.”
Clooney said in a statement after Murad was named co-winner of the prestigious prize today – “at a time when so many women’s voices are still silenced, Nadia’s has been heard around the world.”
The 25-year-old Murad was recognized for her activism on behalf of fellow Yazidi women who were held and raped by the Islamic State group in Iraq in 2014. The next year, she told the U.N. Security Council what was happening.
Clooney is Murad’s legal counsel – and has represented other Yazidi women. She was established as a human rights lawyer before she married actor George Clooney.
Murad shares the Nobel with Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege – who has treated countless rape victims – during years of conflict among armed groups.