The Lotus Flower operates a women’s center that provides a safe and welcoming space for women while offering various activities and training programs. One of the aims of the center was to provide indirect psycho-social support for women who had experienced violence and/or sexual trauma at the hands of ISIS foot soldiers. Coming together to attend these classes has enabled the women to reconnect and create a network of support and friendship.
The Lotus Flower provides ad hoc support to survivors of genocide inside and outside of Kurdistan. The programming can include awareness training sessions, such as legal issues and women’s rights, as well as professional psychological support. The Survivor Support program creates custom responses to individual cases based on the situation.
The Lotus Flower will be launching Peace Sisters, a competition and incubator for peace movements created and led by local women and girls. Applications should include a proposal that illustrates how the project will foster peace among communities and be submitted by an individual, rather than an organization, as we want to support women at the heart of the community.