Voice for Survivors
Nadia Murad continues to speak out in the media to build greater global awareness of sexual violence and the needs of its victims. Humanitarian concerns of survivors are frequently overlooked or mischaracterized in the international press. As a member of the French Government's Gender Advisory Council, she works with advocates from around the world to persuade governments to draft and implement progressive legal frameworks that will protect women from violence and discrimination.
International Fund for Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence
Conflict-related sexual violence occurs with haunting frequency and is systematically used to destroy and terrorize not only individuals, but entire communities. Perpetrators target civilians with violence that involves rape, sexual slavery, and torture. Survivors face a cascade of consequences from permanent physical injuries to long-term debilitating trauma. These crimes - committed across entire communities - destroy family ties and inflict harm over generations. The consequences are further exacerbated by poverty and stigma.
To meet the needs of thousands of survivors, the Mukwege Foundation and Nadia’s Initiative will launch the International Fund for Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence. The United Nations Secretary General endorsed the fund in his remarks pertaining to Security Council Resolution 2467 passed on April 23rd.
Relocation of Survivors
Nadia's Initiative works in partnership with the French Government to relocate hundreds Yazidi widows and their children to France. Nadia’s Initiative has also assisted in the relocation of hundreds of genocide and sexual assault survivors to Canada, France, and Australia.
Accountability for ISIS’ crimes against the Yazidis
Working with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Nadia's Initiative brought the first prosecution of international crimes committed by ISIS militants against Yazidi victims to court. As the survivors’ counsel, Clooney is helping the Yazidi community secure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in Iraq and Syria, including genocide, mass executions, sexual enslavement, human trafficking, recruitment of child soldiers, and forced displacement.