Voice for Survivors
Nadia Murad, the President of Nadia's Initiative, 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.
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 grotesque violence that involves gang rape, sexual slavery and other horrific acts. Survivors face a cascade of consequences from permanent physical injuries, to long term debilitating trauma. These crimes, committed across entire communities, spread diseases, destroy family ties and inflict harm over generations. The consequences are further exacerbated by poverty and stigma. Victims live with the double burden of being raped and shunned by their communities.
To meet the needs of thousands of survivors, the Mukwege Foundation and Nadia’s Initiative, in cooperation with the Office of the SRSG will launch the International Fund for Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence. The Secretary General recently endorsed the fund in his remarks pertaining to Security Council Resolution 2467, passed on April 23rd.
Relocation of Survivors
Nadia's Initiative worked in partnership with the French government to relocate 100 Yazidi widows and their children to France by next year. Nadia’s Initiative 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 victims’ 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 and trafficking, recruitment of child soldiers and forced displacement.