Zainab Salbi


  • Geographic Location: Middle East and North Africa
  • Age: 6

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Every once in a while a new voice emerges with the power to change the world. I.M.O.W. Global Council Member Zainab Salbi is such a voice. Ms. Salbi inspires and moves audiences with the passion of her personal experience as a survivor of war and her dedication to rebuilding communities after war, one woman at a time. She has raised her voice, and thousands of women have responded to the call, to help women survivors of war rebuild their lives through her organization, Women for Women International. Ms. Salbi survived the bombs and lies of living in the shadows of Saddam Hussein. She writes about those terrifying years in her memoir, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (Gotham, 2005). She escaped Iraq and through adversity began to help other women whose lives had been torn apart by war. Her personal story inspires; her passion moves. Since Salbi founded Women for Women International in 1993, tens of thousands of women have joined a quiet but strong movement to help women survivors of wars and civil strife to rebuild their lives. One by one, 55,000 women survivors of war have begun to contribute to the political and economic health of their societies. Salbi has dedicated her life to the belief that stronger women build stronger nations. She serves on the advisory boards of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Peter Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize, World Pulse Magazine and the International Museum of Women. Salbi earned a Master Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from George Mason University in 1996.

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From Economica:

Women Need Macro Solutions, Too
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, says that while microfinance is a step in the right direction, women's ability to operate at the macro level of the economy must also be recognized.  


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