Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces discussed efforts to empower women around world

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on Monday called on the world to unite to combat violence against women and minority groups in a meeting with Yazidi human rights champion Nadia Murad.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces discussed efforts to empower women across the globe during talks with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Bahr on Monday.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed the crucial importance of international organisations coming together to ensure peace, harmony and co-existence for all sections of society.

Ms Murad, a goodwill ambassador for the UN, was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in October last year.

She has risen from the depths of despair to shine a light on the struggles of people all over the world.

The activist was one of thousands of Yazidi women captured by ISIS militants in 2014 and forced into sexual slavery after the group overran the Sinjar area of northern Iraq.

Ms Murad escaped her horrific ordeal after months and has become a prominent campaigner against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

She expressed appreciation for the UAE's role in promoting tolerance and championing the role of women in shaping society.

Leading officials also attended the meeting, including Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, President and Speaker of the Federal National Council.

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Updated: September 3, 2019 10:03 AM

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