Yanar Mohammed founded the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq in 2003, with the main focus of providing shelter for vulnerable women from honour killing and trafficking. Throughout 12 years of work, Yanar has organized 5 teams of sheltering women in the cities: Baghdad, Samarra, Karbala, and recently Zakho. Her operations of sheltering currently protect 32 women, some with their children, with special focus on women escaping ISIS enslavement. Yanar received three human rights awards for women's rights: the Gruber Foundation award in 2008, the Eleanor Roosevelt award 2007, and the V-Day award in 2005. She is leading a round of debates with Iraqi female parliamentarians towards gaining the legal status for NGO women's shelters in Iraq, which are the only existing ones. In spite of many death threats and governmental television censorship, Yanar persevered in pursuing her objectives towards achieving gender equality in Iraq.