Tuesday12Mar 2024

Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad: Films for Peace and Justice

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PST
2024-03-12 19:00 2024-03-12 21:00 America/Los_Angeles Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad: Films for Peace and Justice Go to event listing for more details: https://events.chapman.edu/92267 KN 106 Marion Knott Studios Folino Theatre Alejandra Mijes mijes@chapman.edu

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Undergraduate students from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences worked with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad to create films to address issues related to her work on behalf of victims of genocide and sexual assault around the globe.

Dr. Lisa Leitz and Christine Fugate, faculty from Peace Studies and Documentary Studies respectively, led these students in the spring 2023 course HUM/FTV 317 Unsung Stories and New Expressions: Making Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Visible. This event showcases the best films made in crossdisciplinary student groups and supported by professionals in the documentary filmmaking. They will be utilized to help train international workers for work in the field, raise issues with governments and international organizations, and bring attention to Nadia's work.

Nadia Murad

Human rights activist and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence.  Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Last GirlMy Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, is a harrowing account of the genocide against the Yazidi ethno-religious minority in Iraq and Nadia’s imprisonment by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

Nadia’s peaceful life was brutally disrupted in 2014 when ISIS attacked her homeland in Sinjar with the goal of ethnically cleansing all Yazidis from Iraq. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women, in particular, have suffered greatly as victims of sexual violence. After escaping captivity, Nadia began speaking out on behalf of her community and survivors of sexual violence worldwide.

Much of Nadia’s advocacy work is focused on meeting with global leaders to raise awareness of the genocide against the Yazidi people and the systemic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Nadia is the President and Chairwoman of Nadia’s Initiative, which actively works to persuade governments and international organizations to support the sustainable re-development of the Yazidi homeland, as well as survivors of sexual violence globally.

In 2016, Nadia became the first UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. That year, she was also awarded the Council of Europe Václav Havel Award for Human Rights and Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. In 2018, she won the Nobel Peace Prize with Dr. Denis Mukwege. Together, they founded the Global Survivors Fund. In 2019, Nadia was appointed as a UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate.

In her capacity as a member of France’s Gender Advisory Council, Nadia advocated G7 member states to adopt legislation that protects and promotes women’s rights. Nadia worked with the German Mission to the United Nations to pass UN Security Council Resolution 2467, which expands the UN’s commitments to end sexual violence in conflict. Nadia was also a driving force behind the drafting and passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2379, which established the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD).





You can contact the event organizer, Alejandra Mijes at mijes@chapman.edu.

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