Vian Dakhil
Vian Dakhil

Vian Dakhil is the only female Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament and is a leading activist fighting for the rescue of the Yazidi people from ISIS rape, enslavement and extermination.

Dakhil gained international attention after she made an impassioned speech to her fellow Iraqi parliamentarians, entreating them to intervene on behalf of the Yazidi people trapped on the Sinjar Mountains following the Islamic State’s capture of the territory, and accusing the Islamic State of genocide of the Yazidi people. Her stirring plea helped inspire President Barack Obama to order airstrikes and launch a humanitarian effort to rescue thousands of Yazidi Iraqis who were trapped on the mountainside, facing starvation or slaughter at the hands of ISIS.

Vian Dakhil is the Winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award. She received the prize for her “courage to become the voice of the Yazidi community and for her determination to campaign for the protection of all Yazidi and other Iraqi women under Islamic State rule.” Her efforts to help her fellow Yazidis have made Dakhil an assassination target and placed her at the top of the ISIS hit list.