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Annual SGS Student Dinner with UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad
April 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Faculty Club, Gold Room and Patio

Admission to this event is by invitation-only. RSVP is required. Please wear business casual attire. Dinner will be provided.

Please join us for an evening with Stanford Global Studies students and faculty from across our 15 centers and programs. Our guest speaker is Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a Yazidi survivor of human trafficking, human rights activist, and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner. In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) appointed her Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. 

Ms. Murad is a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, who was born and raised in the agricultural village of Kocho, in northern Iraq, and was kidnapped and held captive by the Islamic State group in August 2014. Following her escape, she briefed the UN Security Council in the first-ever session on human trafficking in December 2015.
In her role as Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Murad's main goals are to focus on advocacy initiatives and to raise awareness of the millions of victims of trafficking, especially refugees, women, and girls. She also spoke at the opening of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016.
A relentless advocate for victims, Ms. Murad was recently named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2016" and was awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in honor of her efforts. In the fall of 2016, she launched Nadia's Initiative, which aims to help women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities.
6:00 p.m. Check-in and reception
6:15 p.m. Remarks
6:45 p.m. Dinner, followed by Q&A and a dessert reception

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