Homage to an Exceptional Young Woman

13 December 2018


Daniele’s space

This page is a very special place to share my favourite stories, sources of inspiration, and points of view. This week, I wanted to feature Nadia Murad, young activist and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, for her courage and determination.

About her

Nadia Murad a member of the Yazidi community in northern Iraq was repeatedly raped and beaten when she was abducted by the Islamic State and held captive as a sex slave. Her book The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, with the foreword written by her lawyer Amal Clooney, is a vibrant memoir of her captivity at the hands of Daesh militants and her miraculous escape. What she hopes will come from telling her past: that she is the last girl in the world to tell a story of its kind.

The prize

The 25-year-old woman was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on December 10, along with Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

© Ilustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018

I pay homage

This young woman has transformed horror into strength, a message she conveys to thousands of girls and women in her community. She is not asking to be glorified, she simply wants us to take action to protect women, children, and minorities against oppression and injustice. She epitomizes my perception of personal power: instead of leaving her life in the hands of her enemy, Nadia took her power back and rose. There is nothing stronger than that power. She took control of her life!

Her inner strength reminds me of Malala Yousafzai, young Pakistani activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing at Influence Montreal 2018. I am touched as I observe young people courageously fighting against injustice & inequality, to raise consciousness so they can take their place.

When I see these young women change the world in such a positive way, I am even more inspired and motivated to continue doing my part. Young people and women are the future.


About the author

Daniele Henkel

About Daniele Henkel


A true inspiration for entrepreneurs, Danièle Henkel has made her mark in Quebec – and across the globe. Despite all the obstacles that have stood in her way, her leadership and determination have propelled her to the top of the business world, particularly in the field of medical aesthetics and well-being.