Yazda Australia

Yazda Australia is a non-profit registered organisation, under the Corporations Act 2001, by Australian Securities & Investments Commission. The Registration Number is 622 235 956. 

Yazda team in Australia is working to:

1- Support Yazidi refugees arriving in Australia and consider the establishment of community development programs

2- Advocate for the Yazidi cause, including for government recognition of the genocide, and for perpetrator accountability for returning ISIS fighters

3- Liaise with settlement support services and government departments, including the Department of Immigration and the Department of Social Services

3- Represent the Yazidi community at events to promote the cause

Meet our active community and contact our leadership in Yazda Austalia below:

Yazda Team in Australia


Yazda`s Australian Director

Daphne Haneman is a Queensland University postgraduate scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies (2016) with a research focus in violence, violent masculinities, nonviolent protest, peace and mediation. Additionally, Daphne has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of New South Wales, and a Diploma of Journalism. She has spent twelve years as a Brisbane-based journalist and social commentator writing articles on the environment, violence and terrorism.

Daphne also spent three years as a management trainer helping businesses improve productivity. As a recovering victim of domestic abuse, Daphne retains a deep interest in practical, hands-on training interventions for perpetrators of violence, in creating a violence prevention culture, and in restorative healing and recovery programs for those that have had violence in their lives.

Email: daphne.haneman@yazda.org


Yazda`s Australian Deputy Director

Mazin Ghanm is working as a teacher and interpreter in Wagga Cafe and Mt Austin High School.  Mazin has worked with domestic violence organisation and court support officer in Brisbane, QLD. He has a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University.

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Board Member

Nawas Naef Saado Mihi received a Diploma in Pharmacy from Duhok Technical Institute in Iraq. He worked with human rights NGOs and groups in Northern Iraq as an academic pharmacist. He has also worked with charity NGOs providing and distributing hygiene assistance and awareness sessions within IDP communities. He has worked with IMC, Saint-Elisabeth NGO, and has been able to form, manage, supervise and operate a humanitarian group called Shingal Chap Cultivating Peace (SCCP) in Kabarto Camp in Duhok, Iraq. He has recently immigrated to Australia with his family.


Emma Thompson, Board Member

Emma is an Australian lawyer with experience in the ASIC Deposit Takers, Credit and Insurance (DCI) team, top tier legal experience at Clayton Utz, Masters level education in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, and an aspiration to promote the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and ensure compliance with international human rights laws. Emma has been trained to take statements from and prepare affidavits for refugees in support of determining whether the individual satisfies the requisite elements needed to establish ‘refugee’ status under the Refugee Convention 1951. Emma has been a Sessional Academic in the Queensland University of Technology law school for the past five years tutoring Alternate Dispute Resolution and specialising in Negotiation Theory.

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Sally Stubbington, Board Member

Sally Stubbington is a policy specialist and has worked both within Australia and internationally on refugee issues. Having completed her Bachelor of Law/Arts (Political Science), Sally worked in Bangkok with the International Organisation for Migration on human trafficking policies within the South East Asian Region. Sally has since returned to Brisbane and works on justice and health policies, including domestic violence, legislation and access to services. Sally has completed her Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, specializing in International Law, Criminal Law and Human Rights Law. Previously, Sally was the President of VoRTCS, an organization that links community members with refugee families to help them establish social connections.
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Jihan Rome, Board Member

Jihan has recently become a Project Officer with a satellite communications company in Sydney, after 13 years serving in the Australian Defence Force as a Signals Officer. She has deployed on operations in East Timor and Afghanistan, and has extensive experience working in multicultural, austere and warlike environments. Jihan has completed her Masters of Business from the University of New South Wales, specialising in Cross Cultural Management, Humanitarian Logistics and Economic World View. Jihan is passionate about disaster preparedness, humanitarian aid and empowering women in underdeveloped countries.

Yazda Volunteer

Emily-Jane Mellor joins Yazda Australia with a strong scientific background and is currently working in research within the health sector.   Emily-Jane is passionate about international human rights and is committed towards providing support for the Yazidi crisis.  She has received a PostGraduate Certificate from the University of Sydney in Health Communication and has graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Science.


Yazda Volunteer

Toni Watts is an experienced Special Education Teacher based in Wagga Wagga. She is a member of groups supporting a range of causes including early education, refugees, and LGBTI rights. Toni is supporting the new Yazidi community in Wagga with integrating into Australian life, and developing school and social connections between the Yazidis and broader community in the local area.                                           


Yazda Volunteer

Warda Hussien was accepted as a health science/medical laboratory student at university in Iraq before the 2014 genocide by ISIS. After fleeing with her family, she is now living in Australia and planning to begin her studies here.


Yazda Volunteer

Khider Hussien is a Yazidi survivor of the 2014 ISIS genocide, now living in Australia. He was a medical student at the University of Dohuk in Iraq before the attacks forced him and his family to flee. Khider is preparing to begin studying medicine in Australia.