Wednesday, March 4
Nadia Murad: The Last Girl-My Story of Courage and Resilience
2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner/Human Rights Activist
With deep compassion and a calm and steely demeanor, Nadia Murad tells of her harrowing ordeal as a captive of the Islamic State, her ultimately inspiring story of escape, and her new life as the voice of Iraq’s Yazidi people–an inspiring call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country and a family torn apart by war.
Nadia Murad is one of the world’s leading voices for survivors of genocide and sexual violence, and its use as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Nadia’s story—as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war. Building off of her bestselling memoir on the Yazidi genocide, her kidnap and imprisonment by the Islamic State (ISIS), with the help of her husband interpreting Nadia delivers a moving and clear-eyed of her journey from her painful story of captivity to survivor to her new life as a human rights activist.
Nadia was named the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, and in 2016, she received the Council of Europe’s Vaclav Havel Award for Human Rights and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She is also the recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award, the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association of Spain, and was named the 2016 Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine.
Nadia is the founder and president of Nadia’s Initiative, a nonprofit that is dedicated to helping survivors of genocide and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their communities. Since 2015, Ms. Murad has been working with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Yazda, a Yazidi rights organization, to bring ISIS before the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
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WorldOregon presents the 2020 International Speaker Series: Bridging Perspectives
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. And this year is no different, presenting a broad spectrum of the people, the big ideas, and the issues framing our role on the world stage.
This year series’ theme “Bridging Perspectives” seeks to look at an inspiring and balanced array of ideas and issues, including public service, national security and challenges for the U.S. as a global leader, human rights, and – in honor of the series 20th anniversary – a look at one Oregonian’s lessons in covering the world.
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2020 International Speaker Series: Nadia Murad
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Portland, OR 97205
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