Yezidi women's center - programs for 2018

by Free Yezidi Foundation


Remember Yezidis on International Women's Day

A Yezidi women in an IDP camp after fleeing ISIS attack against the Yezidis in Sinjar

FYF statement for International Women’s Day 2018

Today, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. For many women and girls around the world, this is a day of hope, inspiration, and solidarity.
For the Yezidi community, international women’s day is another opportunity to draw attention to 3000 missing women and children, still in the hands of ISIS or in unknown locations, forgotten by the international community but forever in the hearts of the Yezidi people.
For the thousands of women and girls who managed to escape, daily life is a struggle and haunting memories persist. Our psychologist, working with women and girls in an IDP camp, explains, “It has been three years since ISIS attacked the Yezidis, and they live in displacement, which has its own stress. This diminishes their ability to move on, as individuals and as a community. I do believe that justice would help the community move forward.” She continues, “I have heard of so many suicides, it is shocking. The trauma that members of the community have experienced remains a very serious matter.”
The burden of daily livelihood and combatting depression falls very hard on men, women, and children alike in the IDP camps. This is why FYF pays particular attention to the psychological well being of survivors, working to prevent women and girls from re-traumatization or exploitation.
The Free Yezidi Foundation supports all efforts in 2018 to draw attention to the rights, needs, and empowerment of women and girls across the world. Special attention should be given to women and girls experiencing or overcoming the most acute suffering, including Yezidi women and others who have experienced sexual violence.


On this day we thank Women for Women International / UK for the continuous support to the Free Yezidi Foundation's women's center. With the help of WfWI, we have been able to educate and serve hundreds of women and girls. We also would like to thank the whole team at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, for supporting our trauma program, for the benefit of Yezidi women and girls.

The Free Yezidi Foundation is competing in Global Giving's Girl Fund campaign. We are now ranked #23 out of 164 projects. If we can move up to the top four spots, our project could be funded for an entire year! This competition is for the number of unique donors. So we are seeking as many individual donors as possible. Please consider contributing $10 or more by March 14th by clicking here. We are grateful for any assistance you can provide.

To our generous friends and individual supporters, thank you for standing with our women and girls. We are grateful to you for your support!


- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

All donations up to $15,000 will be 100% matched!

We are very pleased that one of our generous donors has pledged to match all donations up to $15,000 from today until the end of the year.

We are enormously grateful to you, our friends and supporters, for standing with us as we work to help Yezidi civilians overcome trauma and build a better future. Our efforts to provide psychological care, training, education, and tools for justice are important to our community in the IDP camps and beyond.

To make a 501c3 contribution, please visit one of these links:

Children's center
Women's center
Pursuit of justice

For those outside the United States, you can make a contribution by clicking here.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and your families.


- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

Artwork by FYF women
Artwork by FYF women's center participant

Dear friends,

Over the last month, a great deail of turmoil has engulfed Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The Free Yezidi Foundation operation, based in Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, continues to function. However, we have been forced to evacuate our expatriate staff members, namely our British psychologists, and a flight ban in and out of Kurdistan has negatively affected our activities.

We are grateful to our local staff members who have been doing great work in supporting our women, girls, and children. Our projects are still being delivered, and our education, livelihoods, and trauma-reducing activities continue to be implemented.

Please find here the artwork of one talented FYF women's center participant. The peacock is a holy symbol for the Yezidi people.

The Free Yezidi Foundation is hopeful that Baghdad and Erbil are able to settle political and security disputes peacefully, ensure the end of all conflicts, and return the situation to normalcy. The humanitarian community, including the Free Yezidi Foundation, seeks stability and calm to ensure the success of its projects.

I would also like to thank all of you who are supporting our Foundation, through donations big and small. You are making a difference on the ground, each and every day. By the end of November, we will mark two full years since our centers began operating.




Pari Ibrahim

Executive Director

Free Yezidi Foundation

FYF Remembers 3 August with events in Berlin and Washington DC

FYF hosted a vigil in Washington, DC, last year. Please join us again this year
to show support for Yezidi survivors and pay respect to those we have lost.

Dear Friends,

On 3 August 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the town of Sinjar (Shingal), carrying out a pre-meditated plan of mass murder, violence, kidnapping, rape, and other crimes against the Yezidi civilians because of their religion. The attacks have been widely described as genocide, including by the US State Department.
To mark the third anniversary of the genocide perpetrated against the Yezidis, the Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center call upon concerned citizens to join the vigil in front of the White House and express support and solidarity with Yezidis.
Survivors of the Yezidi genocide face immense challenges in trying to rebuild their lives. Sadly, even upon the liberation of Mosul, thousands of Yezidis are still held captive by ISIS terrorists. Meanwhile, survivors seek to improve their lives, despite three years of displacement. Most Yezidis now live in IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center would also like to express support for other minority communities affected by the ISIS terror attacks, including Iraqi Christians, who have also suffered enormously.

The Free Yezidi Foundation and American Ezidi Center invite everyone to stand in solidarity with Yezidis on 3 August

FYF has been invited to provide the keynote address for the opening session of the Jewish Activism Summer School (JASS) of the University of Potsdam. On 1 August, as the JASS celebrates the Jewish Tisha B'Av holiday at Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue in Berlin, FYF will discuss the genocide perpetrated by ISIS against the Yezidi people. More information on the event can be found by clicking here.

During the day of 3 August, FYF will participate in a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington to discuss the situation of Yezidis in Iraq and the vital importance of justice and accountability. Limited seating is available. Further details for this event can be found by clicking here.

This is a day to remember the suffering of the Yezidi people and to show the world that Yezidis are not alone. I would like to thank our Foundation's supporters and friends, and I hope many of you join us with a candle on August 3rd.

FYF women's center graduate receives her diploma on 26 July 2017.
Special thanks to Women for Women International for the continued support.

On a brighter note, women and children attending the FYF centers in Duhok have graduated this week. We would like to warmly thank FYF staff members for their hard work and applaud our recent graduates and wish them success in the future.

Congratulations graduates!


Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

FYF shares updates in Washington and New York

FYF Women's Center prepared for May 2017 graduation!


Dear Friends,

The Free Yezidi Foundation spent several weeks in Washington and New York sharing details of current FYF projects, new efforts, and continuing advocacy and raising awareness. Along with the women's center and children's center projects, FYF is also launching a justice project to provide Yezidi survivors with the opportunity to seek justice and accountability for their crimes.

And in May, another children's center and women's center cohort graduated from their three month course. Congratulations to all graduates!



FYF presentation to the UN Trust Fund in New York

FYF visits McCain Institute in Washington


Meetings in Washington included visits to the State Department, FBI, and think tanks. In New York, FYF made a presentation to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. The Trust Fund, which is administered by UN Women, has given a grant to FYF to support the work of trauma experts in the FYF women's center.
FYF is grateful to all supporters for continuing to provide invaluable resources that keep the FYF projects running smoothly!

Please see some photos of the recent FYF efforts, and thank you for all that you do.
Pari Ibrahim



FYF meets with State Department officials in Washington

FYF briefs Hudson Institute experts in Washington


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Free Yezidi Foundation

Location: Duhok, NA - Iraq
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pari Ibrahim
Duhok, Kurdistan Region Iraq
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