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admin / May 14, 2017

Nadia’s Initiative


Nadia’s Initiative is a registered 501(c)(3) organization aimed at increasing advocacy for women and minorities and assisting to stabilize and redevelop communities in crisis. Presently, the team is embarking on efforts to establish meaningful and sustainable programming in the Sinjar region of Iraq. 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.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad Basee Taha founded Nadia’s Initiative with pro-bono support from Uncommon Union’s co-founder and the original team who intitiated the campaign to bring ISIS before the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Nadia’s Iniative has acheived historic impact over the past 18 months with the assistance of Yazda and Amal Clooney. 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