Yezidi Women's Services

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Project Report | Sep 26, 2023
For Survivors, With Survivors

By Olivia Wells | Programs Director


Dear Friends and Supporters, 

August was a month of recognition, reflection, and proactive action to end the ongoing genocide against the Yezidi community. In addition to hosting several events to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Yezidi Genocide and launching a call for financial investments to rebuild Sinjar, FYF sat down with staff and beneficiaries to learn more about the impact of their work and FYF's programming on their mental wellbeing.


On August 1st, FYF co-led a historic event in Baghdad commemorating the 9th anniversary of the Yezidi Genocide, which brought together 27 Yezidi-led NGOs and CSOs. The event was attended by Iraqi, UN, and Embassy officials, as well as international experts. The event opened with a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the genocide and those who remain missing. This was followed by keynote speeches from various officials and prominent community leaders.

Two panel discussions were held during the event: one focused on the multifaceted challenges facing the Yezidi community and the other on the importance of international stakeholders and allies. An art exhibition of Yezidi artists was also displayed at the event. Learn more here.


On August 1st, the UK government formally recognized that acts of genocide were committed against the Yezidi community by ISIS in 2014. The determination was made following the judgment of the German Federal Court of Justice earlier this year, where it found a former ISIS fighter guilty of acts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed against Yezidis in Iraq.

Formal recognition of the genocide is a crucial component of justice, accountability, and commitment to empowering the Yezidi community to rebuild. FYF commends the UK government for this critical step in the right direction and hopes that national convictions of ISIS foreign nationals and investments in the community’s rebuilding will follow.


In August, FYF sat down with displaced Yezidi women who benefit from its bakery, cafe, and artisan livelihoods programming to learn more about the impact of earning an income in a safe and supportive space.

"Through my work at FYF’s Sugar is Sweet bakery and cafe, I feel supported by the staff and my mental wellbeing is now good. I am also attending FYF’s Arabic classes to improve my skills, develop my capacities, and support my children with their studies.” - Adiba, Cafe Worker, read more.

"My work as an artisan helps me overcome all the overthinking and anxieties I feel as a result of the genocide. Thanks to FYF, I am able to use my crafts skills to make unique items and sell them to earn an income." - Nado, Artisan, read more.

"My job provides me with the ability to earn a living for my family. I also joined FYF’s educational courses to enhance my knowledge and be able to read and write." - Eman, Bakery Worker, read more.

“After all of the trauma we have experienced due to the genocide, our life in the camp has been difficult because our mental health isn’t good. We keep overthinking and worrying about our lives and those we’ve lost or who are missing. After becoming a beneficiary at FYF’s Enterprise and Training Center (ETC), I have found a way to stop overthinking by using my skills to hand make stuffed animals." - Hala (name changed to protect identity), Artisan, read more.


Continuing with FYF's social media series, "Meet our Female Leaders," in August we met members of our protection, justice, and livelihoods teams. 

"I am very passionate about my work because we, as FYF, provide Yezidi and other minority women with holistic support and opportunities to improve their income generation capacities, enhance their chances for future employment, build support networks, and find their inner strength." - Khalidah, Livelihoods Manager, read more.

“I joined the Free Yezidi Foundation because it supports women and encourages them to work in a society that continues to discriminate against women in all spheres/fields." - Sonia, Legal Protection Officer, read more.

"Being a part of a women-led organization empowers me to push boundaries and advocate for gender equality. My work is fuelled by the resilience and strength of survivors, as I strive to create a world free from violence and discrimination.” - Maysa, Protection Officer, read more.

"As a female and a Yezidi in Iraq, we have very limited access to job opportunities due to discrimination against our community and our gender. At FYF, I was given a chance to lead their investigation work. FYF provided me with intense training and support over the past four years to empower me to improve myself personally and professionally." - Waheeda, Justice Manager, read more.

Meet more of our incredible female leaders here.


Thank you all, as always, for your steadfast support of FYF and the Yezidi community.



Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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Free Yezidi Foundation

Location: Duhok, NA - Iraq
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @free_yezidi
Project Leader:
Pari Ibrahim
Duhok , Kurdistan Region Iraq
$66,360 raised of $100,000 goal
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