Nobel Peace Prize Winner Won't Keep Her $500K

Activist Nadia Murad will be donating it to help sex crime survivors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2018 7:30 AM CDT
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Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, attends a news conference at the National Press Club on Monday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – If any Nobel Prize winners strive for the award solely for the money, Nadia Murad isn't among them. The Hill reports the 25-year-old Yazidi human rights activist, who shared this year's Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, will be giving her $500,000 portion of the Nobel cash to her Nadia's Initiative organization, which helps Iraqi women and minorities. "I commit 100% of the money, at least my share, to the goals and work we are currently doing, and that we will do in the future," the 25-year-old said at a presser.

"Persecution of minorities must end," Murad said in a statement last week after hearing she'd won the prize, citing the murder at the hands of ISIS of her own mother. Murad stressed at the press conference that though she hopes her donation will help fight sexual violence around the world, more still needs to be done. "A single prize and a single person cannot accomplish these goals," she said. "We need an international effort."

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