ROME: The Yazidi human rights activist and 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad today joined FAO’s efforts to tackle the twin problems of hunger and violence by becoming a new member of FAO’s Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva presented Murad with a membership diploma on the sidelines of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, taking place in Oslo.
Murad, who became the voice and face of women who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State and doctor Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon who founded a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their campaigns against the use of rape as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Launched in 2016, the Alliance cooperates with FAO to strengthen the link between peace and food security and is part of the agency’s ongoing work to promote sustainable development and resilience across the world.
Its includes former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sánchez, women’s rights promoter Tawakkol Karman, advocate against inter-religious violence Betty Williams, micro-credit creator Muhammad Yunus, former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, former president of South Africa, Frederik Willem de Klerk, and Argentinian activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel.