Founded in 1992, the Iraqi-German association WADI supports various programs and projects to empower people and strengthen human rights in the Middle East. WADI focuses on women's rights with training and literacy classes, assistance for victims of domestic violence and building spaces for women and girls. The campaign "Stop FGM Kurdistan" is one of WADIs most renown activities. Democracy building is another focal point. We support youth media, help with setting up citizen interest groups and lobby for democratic rights.

"Wadi is one of the most enterprising and inventive NGOs we’ve encountered in Iraq.
Wadi’s work is impressively varied, but also shrewdly focused." (The Register)



Annual Report about Wadi's Activities in 2015 more

The Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation  more

Radio Dange Nwe – a Community Radio  more

Playmobiles - Rolling Playgrounds  more

Aid for refugees from Sinjar region more

Assistance for refugees in Halabja more

Project overview

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Selected News and Project Updates:

Press Release | 05.02.2016
Day of Zero Tolerance against FGM: WADI’s Campaign in Kurdistan in danger

Project Update | 01.02.2016
Report about the Work of Mobile Teams assisting Yazidi Victims of ISIS

Project Update | 16. 01. 2016
More assistance and help for Yazidi refugees

Press Release | 11.1.2016
Wadi and Aware organize first conference on FGM in Singapore

Fusion.net | 28.12.2015
These amazing women-only units are helping girls who escaped ISIS

Project Updates | 27.12.2015
Radio by Refugees for Refugees

Wadi News | 18.12.2015
The End of Domestic Violence Lights up Village

MSNBC | 2.12.2015
Women's center in Iraqi Kurdistan aids refugees

Wadi News | 27.11.2015
Discussing FGM at the Scientific Islamic Union

Wadi News | 26.11.2015
FGM Awareness for Men

Wadi News | 25.11.2015
International Day for the eliminition of violence against women in Iraqi-Kurdistan

Wadi News | 19.11.2015
First independent student newspaper in Northern Iraq

Wadi News | 13.11.2015
Jinda Center - A beacon of hope for Yazidi girls who escapes ISIS slavery

Wadi News | 17.10.2015
Second winter in refugee: state does not provide food

New Project | 10.10.2015
The Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

Telesur | 19.9.2015
Rear Window: A mile in their Shoes - Testimonies by Yazidi Victims

Wadi News | 18.9.2015
Exhibition by Afreen School for Syrian refugees

Wadi News | 21.08.2015
Newsletter on the anniversary of the chemical attacks in Syria

Press Release | 20.08.2015
Two Years after the Gas Attack on the Ghoutas: The Killings Go on

Foreign Affairs | 27.7.2015
Grading Iraqi Kurdistan's Progress Against Female Genital Mutilation

Al Jazeera | 22.07.2015
For Yazidi girls escaping ISIL, a long road to healing

Wadi News | 10.07.2015
Jinda Day Care Center for Yazidi Girls inaugurated in Iraqi-Kurdistan’s Dohuk

Al Jazeera | 30.6.2015
Halabja gas attack victims welcome Iraqis fleeing ISIL