Nadia Murad

is a 26-year-old Yazidi woman who advocates on behalf of her community and survivors of genocide. She was among the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted, raped, and enslaved by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS). She spent approximately one month in captivity. Nadia suffered the loss of six of her nine brothers who were slaughtered by ISIS in the Kocho massacre. Thousands of Yazidi men and older Yazidi women were murdered, including Nadia's mother.

Nadia is the founder and president of Nadia's Initiative. Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to rebuilding communities in crisis and advocating globally for victims of violence. Much of Nadia Murad’s advocacy work is focused on meeting with global leaders to raise awareness of ISIS; their genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people and its consequences. Nadia’s Initiative actively works to persuade governments and other organizations to financially support efforts to rebuild Sinjar – the Yazidi homeland destroyed by ISIS – and to support victims of sexual violence.

Nadia’s Initiative

challenges world leaders to act – to make “never again” a reality, not an empty promise. Words without action inflict the same harm and suffering as the perpetrators of mass atrocities and sexual violence.

Nadia’s Initiative believes the world must strive to act in a concerted humanitarian capacity, overcoming political and cultural divisions. A better future for women, children, and persecuted minorities is possible if global leaders consistently, and without reservation, prioritize clear humanitarian needs over politics and war.

Nadia Murad has received many awards for her work. In 2018, she was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2016, she received the Council of Europe’s Vaclav Havel Award for Human Rights and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. During this time, she became the UN's first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She also received the Clinton Global Citizen Award and the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association of Spain.



Sinjar Action Fund

Nadia’s Initiative established the Sinjar Action Fund (SAF) to advance reconstruction efforts in Sinjar, Iraq.  Nadia’s Initiative is uniquely positioned to facilitate the redevelopment of Sinjar due to its extensive knowledge and understanding of the political, cultural, and economic complexities of the region. Nadia’s Initiative brings a comprehensive peace building approach to the process of rebuilding and recognizes that reconstruction efforts must be developed locally – local solutions to local problems. Nadia Murad seeded the fund by donating 100% of her prize money from the Nobel Peace Prize.

Survivors Action Response

Sexual violence knows no geographic boundaries and occurs with disturbing frequency – not just as a weapon of war. Nadia’s Initiative supports and develops programs that focus on justice for survivors – both formally and informally. Programs developed and supported by Nadia’s Initiative are survivor centric and put the well-being of survivors and communities at the forefront.