June was a busy month for the FYF team, as we made great strides in providing tangible support to Yezidis in Iraq and advocating to keep the Yezidi Genocide on the international agenda. The events of the month were a stark reminder that justice for the Yezidi community comes in many forms: from reparations to criminal prosecutions to dignified burials to economic empowerment.
LIVELIHOODS OPPORTUNITIES HELP DISPLACED YEZIDI WOMEN HEAL
FYF’s Enterprise and Training Center (ETC) in Khanke, Duhok, sustainably empowers women to reduce their vulnerabilities through skills training, jobs placement, educational courses, and income generating activities. At the ETC, female artisans are trained in crafting and marketing one-of-a-kind items, including the Chonky Animals® product line of hand knitted stuffed animals.
100% of the proceeds from a purchase go to the artisans, supplies, and maintenance of the ETC, which empowers Yezidi women and survivors to heal, recover, and reclaim their agency. Check out our Chonky Animals and Crafts products to make a purchase today!
“My job as an artisan helps me with relaxation and meditation, as weaving makes me forget all of my worries and anxious feelings about the Yezidi genocide and the difficult living conditions in the IDP camp. I am grateful that FYF provided us with the ETC and this kind of economic empowerment.” - Yezidi female artisan
Dutch Ambassador Hans Sandee recently visited FYF’s ETC. FYF's County Director, Hewan Omer, and Livelihoods Manager, Khalida Nawaf, gave the Ambassador a tour of the ETC and explained the services FYF is currently providing to support displaced women to learn new skills and become economically empowered.