In August 2014, ISIS militants swept through Sinjar in northern Iraq in a deliberate attempt to annihilate the Yezidis, an ethnoreligious minority. They employed brutal tactics including mass executions, rape, forced conscription of children, and sexual enslavement of young women and girls. To this day, 200,000 Yezidis remain displaced and female survivors require specialized post-trauma psychological assistance, education, and livelihoods support to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
FYF promotes women's rights, recovery, and capacity-building and training in a variety of different ways. Through training, FYF provides increased opportunities for employment. Through education, FYF provides basic tools for understanding of rights, languages, and skills. Through combating GBV, FYF assists Yezidi women in need. Through trauma treatment, FYF helps Yezidi women recover. Through the ETC, FYF promote women's enterprise.
For survivors of genocide, sexual enslavement, and human trafficking, the importance of a safe, gender-sensitive space cannot be overstated. These Yezidi women are attempting to recover from war crimes while living in displacement - a situation which by itself is already challenging. This project ensures the FYF team can design, oversee, implement, and support a variety of programs to provide services to empower Yezidi women.