Shirin grew up in a remote Yazidi village in Northern Iraq with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. Her life took a shocking turn in August 2014 when ISIS captured her village and sold her into sex slavery aged 17.

During nine months of brutal captivity, Shirin was repeatedly abused and raped as she was forced into nine separate marriages with ISIS terrorists. Following an escape to Germany in 2015, Shirin worked with journalist Alexandra Cavelius to chronicle her heart-wrenching story in the book I Remain a Daughter of the Light.



Presentation of Geneva Summit 2017 Women’s Rights Award with Shirin

Shirin, a former Yazidi ISIS captive, addresses the 9th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On her capture by ISIS: “First, the men and women were separated. The men had to stay in Hardan, including my brother…We suspect they were