Kur­dish ac­tivist re­ceives ‘ In­ter­na­tional Women of Courage’ Award

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An Iraqi Kur­dish Yazidi ac­tivist was among 14 women this year who re­ceived the “In­ter­na­tional Women of Courage Award” pre­sented by U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day

Nagham Nawzat Hasan is an Iraqi gyne­col­o­gist and a mem­ber of the coun­try’s per­se­cuted Kur­dish Yazidi mi­nor­ity.

She works with Yazidi girls kid­napped and raped by Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants.

“Four­teen lead­ers, four­teen role mod­els, four­teen women of courage, one crys­tal clear mes­sage,” said Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry.

“Don’t ac­cept the un­ac­cept­able or wait for some­one else to step up. Act in the name of jus­tice. Act in the name of tol­er­ance. Act on be­half of truth.”

All but one of the hon­orees were able to at­tend the cer­e­mony in Wash­ing­ton, an an­nual event that be­gan in 2007 to en­cour­age women’s em­pow­er­ment.

Is­lamic State group has cap­tured most parts of Sin­jar (Shin­gal) dis­trict in north­west Iraq on Au­gust 3, 2014 which led thou­sands of Kur­dish fam­i­lies to flee to Mount Sin­jar, where they were trapped in it and suf­fered from sig­nif­i­cant lack of wa­ter and food, killing and ab­duc­tion of thou­sands of Yazidis as well as rape and cap­tiv­ity of thou­sands of women.

Thou­sands of Yazidi women and girls are still held cap­tive by the mil­i­tants who sub­ject them to sex­ual slav­ery.

EU par­lia­ment rec­og­nizes Is­lamic State killing of Yazidi Kurds as- geno­cide on Feb. 4, 2016 while the U.S. de­clares Is­lamic State ‘com­mit­ted geno­cide‘ against Yazidi Kurds, Chris­tians on on March 16.

The 2016 hon­orees in­clude women from Bangladesh, Belize, China, France, Gu­atemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Rus­sia, Slovakia, Su­dan, Tan­za­nia, Thai­land, and Ye­men.

Next month, the hon­orees will tour US cities to meet Amer­i­can peo­ple and dis­cuss their work to im­prove the lives of women and girls around the world.

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