“ 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.”