Women for Women International
Meet Zainab Salbi
When she saw a picture of a rape camp in Bosnia on the cover of Time magazine, Zainab remembered growing up in Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein and not being able to do anything about the injustice she encountered. Living in the United States during the Bosnian war, Zainab realized she had the freedom to act and committed herself to founding Women for Women International. The grassroots humanitarian and development organization helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives through a dynamic one-year program that celebrates women’s resiliency. Since its inception in 1993, Zainab has guided the organization to rehabilitate 316,000 women survivors and ultimately, their communities. For its work “alleviating human suffering” Women for Women International was awarded the 2006 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, becoming the first women’s organization to receive this honor. Zainab has also personally been honored as one of Harper’s Bazaar 21st Century Heroines, the recipient of the 2010 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, and named one of the 100 Extraordinary Women who Shake the World by Newsweek, along with many other outstanding accomplishments.