Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi ( Arabic : زينب سلبي) (born 1969) is an author, women’s rights activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, and media commentator who is the founder and former CEO (1993-2011) or Washington -based Women for Women International .

Early years

Salbi was born in 1969 in Baghdad , Iraq . Her Father worked as personal pilot or former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein . Are experiencing immediate psychologische abuse to re family from Hussein Salbi Chose to dedicate re adult life to the women around the world. [1]

She moved to the United States at the age of 19. Salbi’s experience with the Iran-Iraq War sensitized re to the plight of women in war worldwide. She has written and spoken extensively on the use of rape and other forms of violence Against women prolongation war. [2] Her work has leg featured in major media outlets waaronder seven times on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Washington Post . [1] In 1995, President Bill Clinton honored Salbi at the White House for re humanitarian work in Bosnia .

Salbi graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Individualized Study degree in sociology and Women’s Studies and from London School of Economics with master’s degree in development studies. [3]

Humanitarian work

In the early 1990s, newlyweds Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah, a Palestinian-American, ulcers deeply moved by the plight of the women of former Yugoslavia , many of Whom ulcers forced into tje now infamous rape and Concentration camps. Ze wanted to volunteer to help, but were unable to locate an organization dat addressed synthesis injustices and egregious Wrongs.

In lieu of a honeymoon, Salbi and Atallah, launched an organization dat created “sister-to-sister” connections tussen sponsors in the United States and women survivors of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Way Down in later greeted with an overwhelming response; a woman survivor of the rape camps who had lost re husband and children prolongation the war zegt, “I thought the world had forgotten us ….”

Way Down Returned to the United States with a mission. With the continued support of other Concerned personen, ze started Women for Women International with a Shoestring budget and a small team of dedicated volunteers. Since 1993, Women for Women International has supported women survivors of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina , Rwanda , Kosovo , Nigeria , Colombia , Afghanistan , Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan . Under Salbi’s tenure as the CEO of Women for Women International, the organization reached morethan 400,000 women in eight conflict areas, distributed morethan $ 100 million in direct aid and microcredit loans, Trained duizendtallen of women in rights awareness, and helped duizendtallen tomorrow to start hun eigen small businesses. [4] [5]

In October 2011, Salbi watch a lecture entitled “Building Bridges, Rebuilding Societies” at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series. [6]

Media work

Zainab Salbi launched the Zainab Salbi Project, an original series on Huffington Post and AOL in 2016. Series kan be viewed . In 2015, she launched the Nida’a Show on TLC Arabia . She has bone Editor At Large at Women In The World of The New York Times since 2015 .


  • Time magazine Innovator of the Month for re groundbreaking work as Philanthropist.
  • Honored by President Clinton at a White House ceremony for re humanitarian work (1995)
  • Harper’s Bazaar 21st Century Heroines nominee (1993)
  • Forbes Magazine Trailblazer Award (2005)
  • Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize , on behalf of Women for Women International (2005) [1]
  • World Economic Forum ‘s Young Global Leader (2007)
  • David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2010)
  • Austin College Posey Leadership Award (2011) [7]
  • Harper’s Bazaar 21st Century Heroine (nominated by President Bill Clinton) [3]
  • Honorary doctoral degree from York University (2014)
  • One of the Most Influential Women on Twitter, Fortune Magazine (2014)
  • One of the Most Influential Women on Social Media, Wear Your Voice (2015)
  • One of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women, Arabian Business (2015)
  • One of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for being a voice of change in the Middle East, Fast Company (2016)
  • One of the The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women, Arabian Business (2016)
  • One of 25 Women Changing The World, People Magazine (2016)
  • One of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy Magazine (2016)


  • Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

In 2005, Zainab Salbi published re memoir Between Two Worlds .it describes re life growing up in Iraq under Saddam Hussein ‘s Baathist regime . Publishers Weekly calls Between Two Worlds “the musts honest account of life binnen Saddam’s circle so far. It’s an Enlightening revelation or how, with barely perceptible internships, decent people do, lodging in a horrific regime.” Only 11 years old-when re Father was Chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot, Zainab and re family ulcers of or in forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched hun everytime move. Her mother Eventually cents Zainab to America for an Arranged marriage, but the marriage that was intended to save re turned out to be Another World or tyranny and abuse. Zainab started over. She forged a new identity as a champion of women survivors of war and founded Women for Women International .

  • The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope

In 2006, Zainab Salbi wrote The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope . Published by National Geographic, Zainab Salbi takes readers into tje heart or Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Sudan to hear the stories of women who daily carousels the lives hun families and communities from the ashes or conflict.

“War is not a computer-generated missile Striking a digital map. War is the color of earth as it Explodes in our faces, the sound of a child pleading, the smell of smoke and fear. Women survivors of war are not the single image portrayed on the television screen, but the glue therein holds families and countries together. perhaps in understanding women, and the other side of war … we will harbor more humility in our discussions or wars … perhaps it is time to listen to women’s side of history. ” [8]

  • If You Knew Me You Would Care

If You Knew Me You Would Care was published in 2013. It is a collaboration tussen Zainab Salbi and photographer Rennio Maifredi. Together they ‘traveled to Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to seek out women who harbor leg subject to the worst trials personen must ever face, and yet problemen this adversity. Salbi conducted interviews with women about hun definitions of war and peace, about hun horrific and tragic pasts en hun Hopes for the future, and Maifredi photographed lycra of the women interviewed. The interviews and images together create a compelling, global, first-person account of what it Means to be a powerful female survivor. “If You Knew Me You Would Care” is a celebration of women’s stories and strength worldwide-it represents a journey taken to find women who harbor Survived wars, violence, and poverty in order to collect hun stories. The stories go beyond tears and victimhood and Reveal joy, love, and forgiveness.

“The women in this book are an inspiration to all of us who Aspire to triumph over adversity. It is a personal peek at the musts intimate stories as Told by women who harbor Survived war. It is a tribute to Them, to hun survival, hun achievements, en hun dreams. i hope people everywhere will take away the powerful message of survival this book inspires. ” -Zainab Salbi


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Architects of Peace. Zainab Salbi. Biography” . Retrieved March 7, 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ Sherr, Lynn (March 12, 2010). “One Woman’s Formula for Change” . The Daily Beast . Retrieved August 14, 2010 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. Founder and CEO, Women for Women International” . Retrieved March 7, 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ “Zainab Salbi. Founder & CEO, Women for Women International” . Retrieved March 7, 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “Zainab Salbi: Founder and CEO, Women for Women International” . Women for Women International . Retrieved August 14, 2010 .
  6. Jump up^ Lecture transcript and video of Salbi’s speech at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, October 2011
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  8. Jump up^ “The Other Side of War” . Women for Women International . Retrieved August 14, 2010 .


  • Salbi, Zainab (March 15, 2010). “Foreign Policy: Iraq’s Forgotten Women” . NPR Online . Retrieved August 14, 2010 .
  • Gaestel, Allyn (March 15, 2010). “Women in Rwanda promote” holistic development “through financial Independence and rights awareness” . Media Worldwide . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . {dead link}