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Nadia’s Initiative

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After being named a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha and her team founded Nadia’s Initiative (NI) in 2016. Uncommon Union’s Elizabeth Brown provided pro-bono support as part of NI’s founding group that initially gained recognition by campaigning to bring ISIS before the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide.

NI has acheived historic impact over the past 18 months with the assistance of Yazda and Amal Clooney. Nadia’s personal story is recounted in the New York Times bestselling memoir The Last Girl. Outreach, education, and communications through Nadia’s advocacy is playing an increasingly important role in building awareness of the obligations of the international community and the importance of rebuilding the Sinjar region of Iraq. As part of this effort, NI has raised the profile of survivors’ needs and the plight of those still in captivity.

Presently, the team is embarking on efforts to support meaningful and sustainable programming in Sinjar through the establishment of the Sinjar Action Fund (SAF). Since the invasion of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in 2014, the Sinjar region has struggled to ensure the safety and livelihoods of the primarily Yazidi population now displaced throughout the country. As Iraqi coalition forces have made progress against IS insurgents, northern Sinjar has increasingly opened up for resettlement of this community. Unfortunately, only minimal public assistance has been given for this cause. Consequently, NI seeks to establish both short and long-term programming aimed at redeveloping Sinjar, the ancient homeland of the Yazidi minority.

If Sinjar is redeveloped and the Yazidi people can return, it will be a significant accomplishment with positive repercussions for the region and beyond. The aim of erasing the Yazidis from history must not only fail but backfire. The international community must establish mechanisms that not only prosecute genocide but undermine its effectiveness as a tactic. NI believes we owe it to future generations to establish successful examples of reconstruction, unity, and justice.

Press Highlights Include:

New York Times: Outraged By The Attacks of The Yazidis? It Is Time To Help.
New York Times:
When Rape Becomes A Weapon of War
New York Times: Ms. Murad’s Quest Poses An Acute Test for The Promise of International Justice.
New York Times: Nadia Murad Wins Human Rights Prize
Foreign Policy: Nadia Murad Named 2016 Global Thinker.
Glamour Magazine:  Meet Nadia Murad, the Women of the Year Honoree Standing up to ISIS
Foreign Policy: Does Winning a Nobel Peace Prize Make a Difference?
Independent: Amal Clooney told the UN they did nothing to help Isis sex slaves.
Vogue: Nadia is taking On ISIS with the help of Amal Clooney.
UN Web TV: The appt ceremony of Ms. Nadia Murad as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
NBC New: Amal Clooney Takes on ISIS for ‘Clear Case of Genocide’ of Yazidis
Time Magazine: Eve Ensler’s Interview with Nadia Murad in Time Magazine
New York Times: ISIS survivor turns harrowing personal suffering into humanitarian initiative
Time Magazine: Time’s Most Influential People
Al Arabiya: Nadia Murad on Al Arabiya’s Diplomatic Avenue
UN Web TV: Nadi Murad returns to the UN Security Council and delivers a powerful speech during the 7847th meeting on trafficking in persons in conflict situations|
The Economist Magazine: TWO WOMEN, ONE CAUSE
Vice: Former ISIS Sex Slave Nadia Murad Tells Her Story of Survival to Gloria Steinem
The Washington Post: Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney appeal to the UN to not let Daesh “get away with genocide.”
CNN: Amal Clooney and her client Nadia Murad tell Fareed about the atrocities ISIS committed against Nadia and her Yazidi community
The New York Times Live: Yazidi woman, enslaved by ISIS, shares her story of survival
BBC: Why yesterday’s UN Security Resolution was a landmark decision for the Yazidis
The EconomistNadia Murad’s tale of captivity with Islamic State
Nadia’s Initiative Blog“The President of France affirmed his support for the Yezidi cause and the courageous struggle led by Nadia Murad.”
Sundance InstituteSundance Film Festival to premiere ON HER SHOULDERS
BBC: Why yesterday’s UN Security Resolution was a landmark decision for the Yazidis

Book Press Includes:

NYT Book Review
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/books/review/nadia-murad-last-girl.html
Washington Post Book Review
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/slow-painful-death-of-yazidi-womans-body-and-soul-while-enslaved-by-the-islamic-state/2017/11/22/44ffe4a8-bf35-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html?utm_term=.b58ae3f57601
Washington Post Feature
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/somebody-had-to-tell-these-stories-an-iraqi-womans-ordeal-as-an-isis-sex-slave/2017/11/22/4241145c-c8be-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html?utm_term=.5feec74ad035
Christian Science Monitor
https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/upfront-blog/2017/0924/Sacrificing-self-in-service-to-the-world
Oprah Best Books to Pick up This January
http://www.oprah.com/book/best-books-to-read-january-2018-the-last-girl?editors_pick_id=71968
The Economist
https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21731804-young-yazidi-iraqi-was-raped-daily-her-abuse-blessed-jihadist-groups-twisted
Council on Foreign Relations
https://www.cfr.org/blog/how-islamic-state-benefits-sexual-violence
New York Post
https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/i-was-was-an-isis-slave-and-now-im-fighting-back/
Newsday
https://www.newsday.com/news/world/un-isis-sexual-torture-survivior-nadia-murad-1.14912103
Publishers Weekly
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5247-6043-4
New York Magazine Approval Matrix
http://nymag.com/arts/all/approvalmatrix/approval-matrix-2017-11-13/
Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-yazidi-book/yazidi-survivor-recounts-harrowing-captivity-daring-escape-in-new-book-idUSKBN1D71MS
Glamour Excerpt
https://www.glamour.com/story/nadia-murad-book-excerpt