NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE NADIA MURAD
Co-founded in 2016 with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad, Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to advocating for victims of sexual violence and rebuilding communities in crisis. Nadia's Initiative grew out of a campaign launched in 2015 with Yazda to bring ISIS to the International Criminal Court. In addition to being a founding member of Nadia’s Initiative, Uncommon Union co-founder Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown acted as the Co-Executive Director from September 2016 - March 2019. Read more.
SUNDANCE AWARD WINNING "ON HER SHOULDERS"
Uncommon Union co-produced On Her Shoulders, a documentary about Nadia Murad, in cooperation with longtime partner RYOT News. Murad is a 23-year-old Yazidi survivor of genocide who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Uncommon Union came to meet Murad through its advocacy work supporting the Yazidi community in 2015. After several trips to Iraq and refugee camps in the Middle East to support information-gathering efforts, Uncommon Union approached RYOT as part of a campaign to raise awareness of ongoing human rights violations. Read more.
ROYA MAHBOOB'S DIGITAL CITIZEN FUND
In 2015, Uncommon Union went to Afghanistan to develop a series of stories for Salon Magazine featuring Afghan entrepreneur, Roya Mahboob. The project focused on her foundation, The Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), which has since gained international recognition. Read series at Salon Magazine. The Salon stories were the first to provide an in-depth look at the work of the DCF which now includes the renown Afghan girl’s robotics team. This awareness helped build support for the foundation which has expanded to open several new schools for girls in Afghanistan. Read more.
CARA DELEVINGE'S UN GIRL UP
Uncommon Union brought together the United Nations Foundation’s “Girl Up” program, British model and actress Cara Delevingne, and the Prinkshop atelier. As an outspoken advocate for girls and women, and an inspiration to teens everywhere, Delevingne was well-positioned to engage half a million Girl Up supporters from across the U.S. and in more than 85 countries worldwide. Her first role in a major Hollywood blockbuster also exposed new audiences to global issues pertaining to the rights of women and girls. Read more.
EGLANTINA ZINGG GOLOEDORAS
The United State’s Title IX (of the Education Amendments Act) transformed athletics for girls and young women in academia. By defunding discriminatory practices, institutions created new opportunities for all their students. Title IX had implications far beyond athletics by challenging ideas concerning what girls could and should be. Uncommon Union is working with the model, actress, and social entrepreneur Eglantina Zingg. Ms. Zingg is actively involved in sports programs throughout Latin America through her non-profit Goledoras (http://goleadoras.org). Read more.
PROJECTS FOR ALL
Projects For All is an educational innovator, developer of Hello Hubs, rugged internet kiosks that are bringing internet access and educational resources to marginal communities around the world. Based on the research of Sugata Mitra, the winner of the 2013 TED Prize and Projects For All board members, the hubs link education, connectivity, community journalism, business, and play. Read more.
INTERPEACE'S WOMEN'S CONSTITUTIONAL VOICES
Women’s Constitutional Voices (WCV), was a project launched by Interpeace’s Constitution-Making for Peace Programme (CMP) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. The WCV site empowered constitution-making advisors, national process leaders, and policy advisors to ensure women and girls’ full participation and to highlight their voices at every level, of a constitution-making process, including policymaking at the international level. Read more.
JHENÉ AIKO, UNITED NATION FOUNDATION’S GIRL UP & BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES
Inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for global gender equality by 2030, Brooklyn Industries teamed up with the United Nation Foundation’s Girl Up program to ask everyone to imagine the unknown. Read more.
A MILESTONE EVENT TO PROMOTE GLOBAL GENDER EQUALITY
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Uncommon Union helped to produce the event at New York’s Manhattan Center to advance the global movement on women’s rights and gender equality. Read more.
Maiden Nation, conceived by UU Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Willa Shallit and Juliana Um, was a marketplace sourcing jewelry made by artisans around the world. Maiden Nation featured an impressive mix of artisans from around the world, the first ever product by feminist icon Gloria Steinem and other luminaries such as Yoko One, Lauren Bush and Rachel Roy. Read More.