Zainab Salbi

Bestselling author, TV Host and Founder of Women for Women International

Zainab Salbi
“The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.”
― Zainab Salbi

Freedom Is An Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness And Our Light To Heal Ourselves And The World

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Zainab Salbi, the Iraqi-American humanitarian, bestselling author and TV host has consistently been identified as one of the leading women impacting the world. At the age of 23, she founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. The organization has since grown from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 478,000 marginalized women in eight conflict areas. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), it also distributed more than $120 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members.

People Magazine named Zainab as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” Fast Company identified her as one of “100 Most Creative People in Business”, and The Guardian has listed her on their “Top 100 Women of Activists and Campaigners.” In 2017, Arabian Business and Gulf Business both named Salbi as the “#1 Most Influential Arab Woman in the World.” She was recently named as one of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2019” by Watkins.

Her books include Between Two Worlds and, most recently, Freedom is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and The World. Her TV shows include: “#MeToo What's Next” on PBS, and currently “Through Her Eyes,” on Yahoo!. She appears regularly as a commentator on MSNBC and other media outlets.

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Freedom is an Inside Job
Between Two Worlds