For the very first time, a victim of sex slavery has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. 23-year-old Nadia Murad is now an ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking for the UN’s Drugs and Crime body. Nadia, who escaped from ISIS, is also a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Nadia was captured in Iraq in 2014, while six of her brothers were murdered. She was then abused both physically and sexually. "Under their rule, a captured woman becomes a spoils of war if she is caught trying to escape. She is put in a cell and raped by all the men in that compound. I was gang-raped," Nadia told BBC.
Nadia was honoured by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a special ceremony organised on World Peace Day at the UN headquarters. In a speech delivered at the occasion, Nadia urged world leaders to come together and help those held captive in ISIS-held territories, especially refugees, women and girls.
She also urged the Muslim world to not let their religion be distorted by extremists. "IS does not represent Islam. They just use Islam to justify their crimes," she said at the ceremony, reports Kurdistan 24 News.