Zainab Salbi has frequently been named as one of the women changing the world by leading publications ranging from Newsweek to The Guardian. Oprah Winfrey identified her as one of the women changing the world to People Magazine and President Bill Clinton identified her as one of the 21st century heroes to Harper’s Bazaar. Most recently Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of “100 Leading Global
Thinkers” and Watkins Magazine identified her as
one of the top 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2020.
At the age of 23, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization
dedicated to women survivors of wars. Under her leadership (1993–2011), Women for Women
International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 420,000
women and distributing more than 100 million dollars in aid.
Zainab is the author of several books, including the best seller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny; Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (with Laurie Buckland); The Other Side of War; Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope; If You Knew Me You Would Care (with photographs by Rennio Maifredi); and her latest Freedom is an Inside Job; Owning our Darkness and Our Light to Change Ourselves and the World.
She is also the Executive Editor and Host of several shows including Through Her Eyes with Yahoo News, #MeToo, Now What? with PBS, The Zainab Salbi Project with Huffington Post, and The Nida’a Show with TLC Arabia.
In early 2022, alongside Jody Allen, Zainab co-founded Daughters for Earth, a new fund and
campaign that aims to inspire all women to engage in climate change action by mobilizing $100
million for on the ground, women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth.