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Nadia’s Initiative


Uncommon Union is proud to be working with Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of ISIL, in the development of a new initiative.

The new initiative, “Nadia’s Initiative,” is dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide and crimes against humanity heal and re-build their communities. Nadia’s Initiative focuses on advocating for the countless victims of mass atrocities as well as developing and supporting field programs in the areas of healthcare, psychosocial support and education for women and children.

Nadia’s Initiative will be  announced at an event hosting by editor and publishing entrepreneur Tina Brown. The announcement will immediately follow Murad’s appointment as the “United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.”

Nadia Murad founded Nadia’s Initiative with support from the Yazda Board of Directors, Murad Ismael, Executive Director of Yazda and Elizabeth Bohart and Uncommon Union’s Elizabeth Schaffer Brown.

Yazda is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the genocide committed by ISIL.

Amal Clooney, who is currently presenting Nadia’s case to the International Criminal Court has emphasized the urgency of the situation. “We know that thousands of Yazidi civilians have been killed and that thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by a terrorist organization, IS, that has publicly proclaimed its genocidal intent,” Clooney said.  Visit Nadia’s Initiative Website.

Press Highlights: 

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