990: Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International. It is a grassroots organization that helps women in the most devastatingly damaged communities in the world. To fund this, the concept is simple: one woman here can sponsor one woman there to help her receive the business and life skills that will transform her family and community. This model has grown and they’ve been able to help over 478,000 marginalized women in eight conflict areas. For her work creating Women for Women and her global journalism, Zainab was recently awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Award.
Today, Zainab's work in journalism and media has led to the creation of several shows including: #MeToo, Now What? Original series on PBS (2018); The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016); The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world; and her latest Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News. She frequently appears on MSNBC as a commentator on current news.
Zainab is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, If You Knew Me You Would Care, and her latest, Freedom is an Inside Job.
You can learn more about Zainab on her website ZainabSalbi.com and learn more about Women for Women at WomenforWomen.org. Connect with Women for Women on Instagram @womenforwomen, Facebook @womenforwomen, and Twitter @womenforwomen.