Activist Nadia Murad awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
The award winner visited the club in 2017, and is an icon in the fight for women’s rights
The Norwegian academy acknowledged the efforts of Nadia Murad “to end sexual violence as a weapon of war." The internationally renowned Iraqi activist visited FC Barcelona in January of 2017 and was welcomed by Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Cardoner, as a symbol of the Entity's commitment to women’s rights. Both board members conveyed the importance that the cause has in the Barça Foundation’s strategic plan for gender projects, initiatives that show the commitment of the organisation and which should help build a fairer and more egalitarian society. She also visited the Ciutat Esportiva, where she spoke with first team players Leo Messi and Luis Suárez and watched the Barça Women train.
Nadia Murad has seen the abuse committed against her and other women. She stands out for her bravery in being able to relate her own suffering to those of others, and to speak on behalf of other victims. She is one of the approximately 3,000 Yazid girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the Daesh army. This abuse was systematic and part of a military strategy, used as a weapon in the fight against Yazidites and other religious minorities.
After escaping from Daesh, Murad chose to speak openly and courageously about the experience she had suffered. In 2016, at just 23 years old, she was named the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Trafficking in Persons.
Since her release, Nadia has been working for the United Nations Security Council for human trafficking and slavery. Her decision to take legal action on a global scale against the commanders of the Islamic State, who have promoted the slave market in Syria and Iran, have put her in the firing line of her former torturers and she has received death threats.
The Barça Foundation is committed to educating children about values, to ensure that they grow up in a fair and egalitarian society.
Statements by Nadia Murad during her visit to FC Barcelona’s facilities
"I am very happy to see that women here have the same rights as men and can play football normally. In addition, the first team players are a point of reference for young people around the world, and in particular Messi is a very special player. He has changed the world, making it a joyful place. I would like to ask young people to avoid the path of the Islamic State and to do something to make this world a better place."