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29 January 2024, 11:00-13:00
Register start 22 January 2024
Register end 29 January 2024


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Yazidi Survivor’s Law: Reflecting on Progresses, Challenges and Way Forward


A ruined old home in Shingal (Singar) following war with the Islamic State A ruined old home in Shingal (Singar) following war with the Islamic State

On 1 March 2021, the Iraqi Parliament adopted the Yazidi (female) survivors’ law (YSL), marking a significant milestone in providing much-needed relief to survivors from ethno-religious communities who were targeted by the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2014–2017.

The passage of this law was not only significant for recognizing and providing redress for the suffering of Yazidis and other ISIL captives in Iraq but also stands as one of the few instances of a nation taking deliberate steps to address the rights and needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).

This event, co-organized with the Global Survivors Fund, aims to celebrate and acknowledge the milestones and successes achieved, provide a comprehensive update, and identify challenges and solutions for the effective implementation of the law.


  • Clara Sandoval, Director of Programmes, Global Survivors Fund and Professor, Geneva Academy


  • Ahmad Al Asadi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Iraq
  • Sarab Elias Barakat, General Director, Directorate for Survivors Affairs
  • Khalid Howaedy Wakaa, Head of the Committee, General Directorate for Survivors Affairs, Iraq
  • Sandra Orlovic, Head of Reparation Team, Internation Organization for Migration, Iraq
  • Nadya Hasan Khalo, Yazidi Survivor and Survivors Voice Network Member
  • Esther Dingemans, Executive Director, Global Survivors Fund


The event will be followed by drinks.



This event may be filmed, recorded and/or photographed on behalf of the Geneva Academy. The Geneva Academy may use these recordings and photographs for internal and external communications for information, teaching and research purposes, and/or promotion and illustration through its various media channels (website, social media, newsletters, annual report, etc.).

By participating in this event, you are agreeing to the possibility of appearing in the aforementioned films, recordings and photographs, and their subsequent use by the Geneva Academy.


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