Working for workplace religious diversity, equity & inclusion


Call for businesses to raise awareness of modern-day genocide

24 Mar, 2021

The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation is launching a new campaign to address modern-day genocide and religion-related crimes against humanity, focusing on ways that business can help in recovery and prevention.

To begin, take a minute to hear Hewan Omer, the Free Yezidi Foundation’s Iraq country director, summarize the ongoing humanitarian crisis resulting from the 2014 ISIS genocidal atrocities, which included openly selling young Yezidi women in markets as sex slaves.

RFBF is responding in two ways:

First, we are calling on businesses to raise awareness of modern-day genocide by hosting a virtual conversation with Hewan Omer and Ms. Pari Ibrahim, the Free Yezidi Foundation’s founder and executive director, to learn about their Enterprise Training Center for women to be opened this summer.

Second, RFBF will auction Yezidi Spring, an original oil-on-canvas painting by Melissa-Malika*, with 100% of proceeds going to support the Free Yezidi Foundation’s Enterprise Training Center in Khanke, Iraq. We already have an opening bid of $1000.

If you, your business or organization is interested in either of these opportunities, please let me know ASAP by email.

Brian Grim, Ph.D.
RFBF President

* Melissa-Malika aka Melissa Grim, J.D., is an RFBF senior research fellow and artist. Malika is her Uyghur name which she received when growing up in Xinjiang, China, as well as in Kazakhstan, shortly before and after the fall of the former U.S.S.R.

Yezidi Spring

Learn more about the Free Yezidi Foundation here. You can also download the Free Yezidi Foundation Major Gifts Brochure, visit their website, or email Jason Osequeda, partnership director.

Genocide, UN Definition