WASHINGTON — Nadia Murad, a Kurdish Yazidi girl who survived Islamic State (IS) sex slavery, is nominated for the most influential person of 2016.
Every year, Time magazine conducts the Readers' Poll, a survey that helps decide who the 100 most influential people are in the world. The result will be a list of individuals or groups who have influenced and changed the lives of most people around the globe.
For 2016, the Kurdish Yazidi girl who is an advocate of Yazidi girls and women and had been enslaved by Islamic State militants was voted as one of the 100 influential people for 2016 by Time magazine.
Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls has nominated Murad, saying, "Nadia Murad stands in a long, invisible history of fierce, indomitable women who rise from the scorched earth of rape during war to break the odious silence and demand justice and freedom for their sisters.”
“At 19 she lost her home, her country, her culture, her mother to murder; witnessed male members of her family murdered in mass killings; and was kidnapped, sold and raped by members of IS.”
Nadia Murad now travels the world speaking out on the genocide being inflicted on her Yezidi people and demanding release for the more than 3,000 women still held in bondage, according to Time Magazine.