Yazidi women: Leaders and decision makers

As part of Yazda’s project entitled Women as Actors in Peace-Building and Reconstruction, generously funded by Norwegian People’s Aid, Yazidi women in five IDP camps have been receiving training in gender equality, leadership, and post-conflict reconstruction. In the beginning of July 2018, Yazda held a meeting where all participants gathered to have group discussions on what they’ve learned so far, as well as to watch a documentary on the life and work of Pakistani activist and Nobel prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. The participants conveyed their demands: "stop violence against women", “no to child marriages”, “bring back our women."

The project will continue for two more months, where the participants will be trained in advocacy. The purpose is to help equip Yazidi women with the necessary skills to promote their rights and increase female participation in peace-building and reconstruction efforts, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1325.