Nobel Laureates, Advocates to Advise G-7 on Women's Rights

Nobel Laureates, Advocates to Advise G-7 on Women's Rights

“Human rights advocates met Tuesday in Paris to discuss potential strategies leading industrial nations could employ to reduce violence and discrimination against women.

French President Emmanuel Macron named 35 advocates to give the Group of Seven recommendations, France took over the G-7's presidency on Jan. 1, and Macron has said he wants gender equality to be a main focus.

The advocates are addressing three main topics: combating violence against women, promoting girls' education and women's entrepreneurship.

Participants include three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Actress Emma Watson, a United Nations goodwill ambassador on gender equality issues, also is part of the group.”

Read more > https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/02/19/world/europe/ap-eu-france-g7-womens-rights.html

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Taiwan announces $500,000 donation to Nadia's Initiative at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

Taiwan announces $500,000 donation to Nadia's Initiative at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

Ambassador Kao stated that the $500,000 donation will be used to support “Nadia’s Initiative”, an international NGO dedicated to assisting the Yazidi people of Iraq that suffered genocide and religious persecution at the hands of ISIS. The founder of the organization and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nadia Murad, is a leading advocate for fellow survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Nadia’s Initiative has received international recognition and support from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and others. During the Ministerial, Ms. Murad was honored by U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and personally conveyed her appreciation towards Taiwan’s contribution to Ambassador Kao.

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International Crisis Group: A Way Forward for Sinjar

International Crisis Group: A Way Forward for Sinjar

Both Iraq and its autonomous Kurdish region have formed new governments that seem ready to resume talks about the status of Iraq’s disputed territories. These are fourteen administrative districts – of which Sinjar is one – nominally controlled by Baghdad but claimed by the Kurdish regional government in Erbil. A new UN special representative for Iraq has brought fresh momentum to the task of resolving the disputed territories’ status. Meanwhile, Nadia Murad, a UN Good-will Ambassador who survived the Yazidi genocide, has won the Nobel Peace Prize, attracting renewed international attention to Sinjar in particular. The new government and the UN should jump at this chance to work with Yazidi leaders to rebuild Sinjar as an example for all Iraq.

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France welcomes Yazidi women and children fleeing IS group

The first 16 Yazidi women enslaved by the IS group in Iraq and Syria landed with their children at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Thursday, part of a refugee welcome programme that aims to provide shelter to some 100 women by next year. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the programme in October during a meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, herself a Yazidi victim of the jihadist group. Murad was present at the airport on Thursday to greet the newcomers. “These women are looking for peace and they are feeling comfortable now because they know that France is a country that wants peace,” she said. “They will be safe here because it's a country that respects the law.”

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Nobel Winner Wants To Start Fund For Women Sexually Assaulted In Conflict

Nobel Winner Wants To Start Fund For Women Sexually Assaulted In Conflict

"Sexual violence as a weapon of war is not isolated to one conflict — it is a common tactic used around the world. Reparations are a step toward restoring dignity to survivors who often do not have any means to seek justice for the pain and suffering they have endured. A global fund is an innovative solution to providing survivors with a path towards healing and it signals that our collective conscience acts in the name of humanity. The international community must push politics aside and prioritize justice and humanity."

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD)

“ Mr. President, there is much to be optimistic about in Iraq today. We see Iraq’s future in Nadia Murad, whose foundation Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking. Through her efforts, Nadia has helped hundreds of Iraqi women and children heal and rebuild their lives and has set an example to many Iraqis who are following her lead. She has had an immeasurable impact on the global conversation to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The United States congratulates her on being awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Nadia is one of many Iraqis who bravely called on the Security Council to come together and unanimously adopt Security Council Resolution 2379. Special Adviser Khan, your attendance at Nadia’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is important illustration of the UN’s new role to seek justice for Nadia and many Iraqis like her.”

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ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering

ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering

SINJAR, Iraq—Iraq’s strategically located town of Sinjar, now empty of civilians and devoid of life, “lies buried beneath rubble. Although it was liberated from the Islamic State three years ago, the city remains in ruins—and has become rife with proxy militias vying for regional control.

Situated about 20 miles from the Syrian border, the town lies south of the Sinjar Mountains, a range that has always held geographic importance. Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein reportedly used the mountains, which have a high point of 4,800 feet, to launch missiles into Israel during the Gulf War in the 1990s.” Read more in Foreign Policy.

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President Macron announces his support for Nadia's Initiative's Sinjar Action Fund at The Paris Peace Forum

President Macron announces his support for Nadia's Initiative's Sinjar Action Fund at The Paris Peace Forum

Published on 13 Novembre 2018 via http://www.elysee.fr/communiques-de-presse/article/communique-contribution-de-la-france-au-fonds-lance-par-nadia-murad

“On the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum, the President of the Republic sponsored the launch by Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, of a fund for the reconstruction of the Iraqi Sinjar region, particularly marked by the Daesh abuses. France will mobilize two million euros to supplement this fund, which will include the creation of infrastructure, schools, hospitals, income-generating structures, and encourage the return of displaced Yazidi populations to their land. The President of the Republic hopes that other contributors can replenish this fund in the near future. He asked the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs to determine with Nadia Murad and his team priority projects.”

France stands alongside the government and the people of Iraq for the reconstruction of their country, as it did in the fight against Daesh. The destruction of religious minorities in the Near and Middle East is an integral part of the totalitarian project of the terrorist organization. That is why France has made a special commitment to help the most atrociously persecuted by Daesh, in particular through the implementation of the Paris Plan of Action for Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East. East and its efforts against impunity for crimes committed in Syria and Iraq.

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