The Ms. Q&A: Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad Fights for Justice for Yazidi People and for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Nadia Murad is a survivor. In 2014, when she was just 19 years old, ISIS militants carried out a genocide against her Yazidi community, a minority group of 500,000 people in Northern Iraq.

Today, Murad is working to bring ISIS to justice for their genocide against the Yazidi community and rebuild what ISIS destroyed in Iraq through her organization Nadia’s Initiative.

“Sands of Silence”: Documentary on Healing from Sexual Violence Premiering on WORLD Channel and PBS

Shot in Spain, Nepal, Mexico and the U.S., “Sands of Silence” explores the spectrum of sexual violence—from sex trafficking, to child molestation, to trusted adults sexualizing the young people in their care. journalist and filmmaker Chelo Avarez-Stehle delves into the devastating and long-lasting impact of this violence, showing how childhood experiences of abuse make women vulnerable to future violence, and the ways girls and women are silenced or encouraged to deny the impact of this violence.

Feminism Requires Abolition: Police Aren’t an Adequate Response to Sexual Violence

We have the statistics right in front of us, proving police are not an adequate defense or solution for responding to sexual violence. Anti-abolitionists and white supremacists use these statistics to claim that we need our current system to ensure the safety of women—but shouldn’t these statistics prove that our current system is not working? Why would a system that fails at least one person every 73 seconds be used as grounds for upholding said system?