Overview of Nadia’s Initiative

Founded in September of 2016, Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to advocating for victims of sexual violence and rebuilding communities in crisis.
Nadia’s Initiative challenges world leaders to push past the status quo and assume a responsibility to act – to make “never again” a reality, not an empty promise.  Words without action is benign neglect and inflicts the same harm and suffering as the perpetrators of mass atrocities and sexual violence. Key Priorities of Nadia’s Initiative include:


Global Advocacy. 

Nadia’s Initiative works with heads of government, policymakers, media, and civil society to effect change on the ground for Yazdis and other minority groups in Iraq. Dialogue focuses on urging leaders to recognize the importance of establishing and supporting a comprehensive peace building strategy for Sinjar – one that fosters reconciliation and promotes the redevelopment and safety of the region. Read more.


 Sinjar Action Fund.

Nadia’s Initiative established the Sinjar Action Fund (SAF) to advance reconstruction efforts – to turn empty promises into concrete solutions. Nadia Murad is seeding the fund by donating 100% of her prize money from the Nobel Peace Prize. But, without commitments from the global community, the Yazidi population will cease to exist.”
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Sexual Violence Response.

Sexual violence knows no geographic boundaries. Sexual violence occurs with haunting frequency – not just as a weapon of war. Nadia’s Initiative believes that localized approaches are best suited to meet the needs of survivors and works to partner with community driven organizations to confront gender-based violence and help survivors.



Nadia’s Initiative actively engages with leading Universities, and other educational institutions to build awareness regarding genocide and the persecution of minorities. Educating today’s youth about these issues is a critical step in making the world more secure for future generations.