Nadia’s Initiative (NI) 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 through the Sinjar Action Fund. 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.
See below for a summary of impact Nadia's Iniative has acheived over the past 18 months with the assistance of Yazda.
UN Security Council Resolution 2379.
In September of 2017, the United Nations Security Council approved an unprecedented resolution to open an investigation into the war crimes committed by ISIS against the Yazidi people.
Successfully lobbying several states and institutions to recognize the Yazidi genocide. Lobbying efforts successfully engaged the Scottish Parliament 2017, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2016, European Parliament 2016, US House of Representatives 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry 2016, UK House of Commons 2016, United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic 2016, French Senate and French National Assembly 2016, Kurdistan Regional Government Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa 2014, Iraq Government 2014.
Voice for Survivors.
Victims speaking out about ISIS crimes, specifically the gender-related aspects, contributed to breaking the stigma of survivors worldwide. In September 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Nadia as the first goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking,