Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad to visit Finland

Government Communications Department
12.11.2021 13.18
Press release 649/2021

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad will visit Finland at the invitation of Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Prime Minister Marin and Murad, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, will meet at the Prime Minister’s official residence Kesäranta on Monday 22 November.

At their meeting, Prime Minister Marin and Murad, who is known as an advocate for victims of sexual violence, will discuss issues related to promoting human rights, protecting the most vulnerable people and, in particular, defending the position and rights of women and girls in crises and violent conflicts.

Nadia Murad will also meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and Minister of Equality Affairs Thomas Blomqvist, and with the Advisory Board for International Human Rights and its Chair, Member of Parliament Eva Biaudet. In addition, Murad will speak at the International Gender Equality Prize award ceremony on Monday 22 November in Tampere. 

Promoting the engagement of civil society and strengthening the position and rights of women, girls and minority groups are key elements of Finland’s foreign and development policy. Finland will also work to keep these goals on the agenda at the UN Human Rights Council. Finland’s three-year term on the council will begin in 2022.

Nadia Murad was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her work to promote the rights of victims of sexual violence and survivors of genocides. 

Inquiries: Lauri Voionmaa, Special Adviser (International Affairs), tel. +358 295 160 306 and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU and International Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office

Pekka Haavisto Sanna Marin Thomas Blomqvist