Decade of Women Announces Year-End Match Grant for Yezidi Women and Girls Exceeds Goal

Inspired by 2018 Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, the $100,000 Match Campaign for Free Yezidi Foundation Tops Goal


Decade Of Women, supporters 5th Element Group PBC and Solver announced today that their US $100,000 year-end matching grant campaign to benefit Yezidi women and girls has exceeded the goal.  

Free Yezidi Foundation, founded by Pari Ibrahim, has been responding to the brutal genocide of the Yezidi community by ISIS through a variety of strategic support initiatives for women and children, from psychological services to computer skills training, that help these victims re-enter society. 5th Element Group and Solver confirmed today that the matching grant challenge of $100,000 from the Semnani Family Foundation has been matched. This means a total donation amount of more than $200,000 will fund the critical work of the Free Yezidi Foundation in Iraq.  

The campaign was inspired by the story of courageous vulnerability told to the world by 2018 Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, who was made a sex slave by ISIS but escaped and then spoke out to help end the outrage of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and to secure freedom and basic rights for the Yezidi people. 5th Element Group was the title sponsor of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

“Nadia and Pari both remind us that the fight for any cause like this is about a fight for communities, and for the dignity of individual people,” said 5th Element President Jim Van Eerden. “The Yezidi people are emblematic of people in captivity, people neglected, all around the world.”

The match donation was directed through 5th Element Group PBC and its partner Solver to address the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Funding support was provided by Semnani Family Foundation, in connection with the work of the SDG Impact Fund. This year’s campaigns all involve projects that uplift women and girls and bring attention to key aspects of the effort to help.

“We’re excited that our funding will help scale the advocacy work and the re-entry process for these at-risk women and girls,” said Solver co-founder Bobby Kia.

In addition to the match funding opportunity, the campaign includes a social media “Call to Action” to share videos from both Yezidi and other women leaders. The Decade Of Women is challenging women and girls around the world to follow these causes and share the stories of struggle and triumph in any format using hashtag #womenrising.

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About Yezidi Freedom Foundation

The Free Yezidi Foundation is designed to assist Yezidis in need. The Foundation was established shortly after terrorists attempted to eradicate the Yezidi people in August 2014. The Free Yezidi Foundation seeks to implement projects to protect and support the most vulnerable members of the Yezidi community. Give here →

About the Decade Of Women

Launched on International Women’s Day in New York, together with 5th Element Group and Thomson Reuters, the Decade Of Women solutions and action campaign announced their dedication to Completing the Equity Revolution. The Decade Of Women has brought forth a #WeUniteWe Pledge as part of a decade-long series of bold commitments to Celebrate, Unite and Exponentiate the progress of both women and men to complete the gender equity revolution and realize UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 by 2030.

About 5th Element Group PBC

5th Element Group PBC is a global business development accelerator with a mission of delivering frontier technology solutions that achieves the Sustainable Development Goals. 5th Element creates capital that did not exist before, deploys that capital where it has yet to be deployed and scales new forms of corresponding collaboration. 5th Element’s vision is to help create a new socio-economic era that closes historic gaps in last-mile inclusion. 5thElement.Group

About the Solver

Solver connects people to the leaders achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals through interactive campaigns and innovation prize competitions. Participate in progress with the Solver movement.

About Semnani Family Foundation

The mission of the Semnani Family Foundation is to find creative and effective ways of serving the needs of marginal and vulnerable communities around the world, particularly those whose survival and security is at grave risk or immediate danger due to forces and factors beyond their control. Whether it is helping communities recover from disease, famine, earthquake or war, or promoting research, educational and civic initiatives, we focus our giving where we can make the most difference.

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Source: 5th Element Group

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