Zainab Salbi

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Mrs. Zainab Salbi is the President and CEO of Women for Women International.

"Zainab Salbi was 11 years old when her father was handpicked to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, regularly ferrying the former Iraqi president from Baghdad to his hometown of Tikrit. She recalls growing up in a climate of fear, with state-sponsored violence against women a commonplace occurrence, and tensions high from the stalemated 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war." [1]


"Sameena Nazir, the Senior Research Coordinator for Freedom House, and Zainab Salbi, the President and CEO of Women for Women International, discuss the ups and downs of women’s rights in Islamic countries." [2]

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  1. David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Honorees, synergos, accessed December 4, 2011.
  2. International Anti-Poaching Foundation Advisory committee, organizational web page, accessed November 17, 2019.