A co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is calling for the world to do more to fight genocide and sexual violence.

Iraqi Nadia Murad says in her first news conference since accepting the award that she feels obligated to use her voice to defend the rights of persecuted people around the world.

Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, departs after speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The 25-year-old Murad was among thousands of young women from the Yazidi minority who were kidnapped and enslaved in 2014 by the group that calls itself the Islamic State. She says she is honored to be a Nobel recipient, but says much more needs to be done to help Yazidis forced from their homes.

Murad spoke Monday at the National Press Club. She was awarded the peace price Friday along with Dr. Denis Mukwege of Congo.

Source: The Associated Press