On 13 June 2022, Minister-President Jan Jambon had the honour of receiving Nadia Murad at the official residence of the Government of Flanders. Ms Murad spoke about her fight against sexual violence in war zones for which she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 and about the difficult return of Yezidis from refugee camps. Minister-President Jambon expressed his continued support for her struggle and announced another grant to her NGO Nadia's Initiative.
Nadia Murad is a Yezidi and was herself the victim of sexual violence during the Islamic State's invasion of the Sinjar region in north-western Iraq. In the subsequent genocide of the Jezidis, Nadia Murad, like many women and girls of the Jezidi community, was captured and sexually abused by IS fighters. After she was able to escape the IS terror, Nadia Murad was taken in by Germany where she founded Nadia's Initiative in 2016.
This NGO is dedicated to the fight against sexual and minority violence in conflict situations and to the reconstruction of the Sinjar region in north-western Iraq where the Jezidi community is mainly based. At present, some 200 000 Yezidis are still living in refugee camps.
In 2020, Minister-President Jambon also had a conversation with Nadia Murad and in 2019 she was received in the Flemish Parliament by then Minister-President Geert Bourgeois.
The Government of Flanders has previously granted subsidies to Nadia's Initative.