WfWI's Afghanistan Country Director Sweeta Noori discusses the changing situation of women in her country, as the UN reports that the number of women and girl casualties of war increased by 20% in 2012. With violence against women prevalent in the conflict and the society at large, Noori says that the UN report does not encompass other forms of violence women face, such as child and forced marriages and rising levels of self-immolation among women.
Iraq Country Director Zainab Shakir discusses Women for Women International's program in her country and the challenges facing the women participants. Sharing the story of Zahra'a, a widow who is fighting for her legal rights, Shakir explains that as women in the program "come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights, they learn how to become leaders."
On International Women's Day, Women for Women International President & CEO Afshan Khan salutes the many men who support women's rights, equality, and safety in their homes and communities. "By your actions to stand up for and with women, no matter how big or small," explains Khan, "you are making the world better and safer for all of us, and we thank you."
O Magazine Editor-at-Large and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King features WfWI as she shares some of her favorite things in February 2013. King is pictured at center with actress Lucy Liu at the Women for Women International 2012 Awards Gala. King was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event, and Liu was the 2012 Champion of Peace Award recipient, honored for her humanitarian efforts.
WfWI supporter and sponsor Anthony Meindl shares his passion for WfWI and the experience of sponsoring a program participant. “Make a donation of $30 a month and you end up being the spiritual, emotional, and financial supporter of a woman in need in war-torn parts of the world,” says Meindl, advocating for the WfWI program as an effective way to enable women survivors of war to thrive.
The WfWI-Rwanda Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) in Kayonza, Rwanda features truly innovative design elements created by Sharon Davis Design. Inspired by the WfWI mission, Sharon Davis shares why she’s passionate about this project: “What I love about our Rwanda project is helping women gain control over their lives and destinies.” Scheduled for completion in June of this year, the WOC will provide a safe space for women to learn, support one another, and build toward a healthy civil society within their communities.
Iraqi women today are faced with a variety of obstacles preventing their education, political participation, personal security, and financial independence. WfWI-Iraq Country Director Zainab Shakir says, "Complex, traditional, cultural, and social practices and security remain a major obstacle for girls to receive education." To address these challenges, WfWI-Iraq works with female participants to build business and vocational skills and to provide spaces of physical and emotional security. Shakir describes what the WfWI-Iraq centers mean for the women in the program: "The women feel that this is a safe place, that [they] can say anything, [they] can have a voice, [they] can talk about [their lives]. They support each other."
Responding to the question of what can be done to address violence against women, WfWI CEO Afshan Khan says, "In addition to ending impunity for those who perpetrate violence against women, we must raise our voices in support of women survivors, encourage women's economic and political participation to give them greater standing in society, and proactively engage men as allies in changing the norms and attitudes towards women that lead to violence."
Margit Meissner has dedicated much of her 90 years to the causes of conflict resolution and reconciliation in nations around the world. A longtime supporter, Meissner traveled with WfWI to Rwanda in June 2012 to visit her sponsored "sisters" and to learn more about the program firsthand. Sharing her thoughts on the program, Meissner says, "It sponsors people that have the potential of making something of themselves because they already have that spark."
Four Iraqi women who graduated from the WfWI program created a short film to highlight the significant challenges facing women in Iraq today. The graduates speak to escalating violence, poor economic conditions, persistent political conflicts, patriarchal traditions and cultural norms, and the lack of jobs as serious issues greatly affecting women. Through WfWI's program, each of these women gained knowledge and skills to work toward overcoming these challenges, to advocate for themselves, and to provide for their families.
WfWI-Iraq Country Director Zainab Shakir speaks about the situation facing Iraqi women in a country still recovering from a decade of war. With poor economic conditions and continuing violence throughout the country, Shakir describes how the stress of these realities "...falls on the most vulnerable - in this case the women." Despite some measures that have been taken, with just one female politician in the government, "women's issues are not on their list of priorities." However, the opportunities provided by programs such as WfWI give Shakir hope for the future of Iraq.
WfWI's Karen Sherman provides an update on how the recent violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has affected the participants and graduates of WfWI's program. Profiling a women's cooperative, Sherman explains how the violence has forced them to suspend their work until the fighting subsides, saying, "...they have experienced looting by soldiers fleeing the hostilities. There are thousands of other women in the DRC suffering the same fate caused by decreased security. Their families and communities, even the very fabric of DRC society, are at risk."
WfWI's Africa Regional Director, Karen Sherman, discusses the advancements women entrepreneurs in Rwanda have made, as celebrated during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This year, WfWI held competitions for the top women entrepreneurs who graduated from WfWI's program in four Rwandan districts. Khadidja Nibabyare, the winner from Kayonza district, grew her banana pancakes stand to a business that employs five women and reaches three communities, making over $100 per day. About the competition and Global Entrepreneurship Week, Khadidja said, "This competition is important because it makes us visible."
WfWI CEO Afshan Khan shares stories from the lives of the women we serve and discusses the importance of reaching out to marginalized women and helping them overcome opposition to their equality. Speaking to women's role in solving problems of violence, poverty, and famine, Afshan says, "When you invest in women and help open doors for them, they are able to lead incredible change to address the problems you mentioned... [W]omen who go through our program learn about their human rights - many for the first time - and learn that they don't have to accept violence as a way of life... [T]hey teach their sons that violence is wrong and they become stronger role models for their girls to know that they do not have to accept violence."
WfWI's Interim Africa Regional Director Karen Sherman blogs about the importance of legal marriage for women in Rwanda, where WfWI recently helped organize a civil union ceremony for 52 couples. Each of the women in the ceremony is a WfWI participant or graduate who learned about her rights through the WfWI program and was in an unofficial "married" relationship with her partner. Without the protections of a legal civil union, these women had no property or child custody rights. They faced increased domestic violence with no option for redress. Their partner could even take additional "wives." Through WfWI's initiative, these couples learned about the benefits of legal marriage for the whole family, and became full and equal partners in marriage.
WfWI's work is helping the most marginalized women around the world change their lives and realize their full potential. Discussing WfWI's approach to serving women's economic, decision-making, health, and social needs, WfWI's Director of Communications, Katie Castillo, says, "The combination of outcomes from our multi-phase program best supports women in having a true chance at success after graduation.”
WfWI CEO Afshan Khan talks with Kris Boyd, the host of Think on Dallas' KERA, about the status of women and girls in the developing world, especially in light of the recent Taliban shooting of Malala Yousafzai. In this hour-long program, Afshan discusses WfWI's yearlong program for women survivors of war, the importance of reaching out to men, and her recent travels to visit the women served by WfWI.
In an interview with BBC World News America's Katty Kay, WfWI CEO Afshan Khan discusses the situation of girls' education and rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan in light of the Taliban's shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani advocate for girls' education. Khan calls the Taliban's efforts to challenge a girl's right to education "one of the most fundamental violations" against a child.
WfWI CEO Afshan Khan recently traveled to Afghanistan to visit WfWI's offices and the women served. High levels of violence against women that go unaddressed create enormous challenges for women, particularly in more remote areas. For many of the women WfWI serves, being able to leave their homes and meet other women in their community is one of the most beneficial aspects of participating in WfWI's program.
WfWI Ambassador and Actress Azita Ghanizada talks about her family's flight from Afghanistan as political refugees when she was a child and the abuses women there continue to face. Her ties to her homeland and her commitment to supporting Afghan women have led her to become an Ambassador with Women for Women International.
Holocaust survivor and WfWI supporter Margit Meissner reunited with Rwandan genocide survivor and Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Freddy Mutanguha, giving him a tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where she volunteers. The two met in June, when Margit visited Rwanda to meet her "sisters" she sponsored through WfWI and toured the Kigali Museum. As survivors, both share a deep commitment to educating others about genocide, in the hope that it never happens again.
Former President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn explains in an op-ed why investments in women's access to technology are needed and that the world can no longer afford to let such investments fall to the bottom of its priorities. Highlighting the many benefits women gain from technology access, Wolfensohn cites the experiences of WfWI in Kosovo, and how technology played a crucial role in uniting rural women to speak before the commission that drafted the country's constitution in 2008.
WfWI's Executive Director of Global Programs Karen Sherman explains why the G8 and African leaders' New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition must direct investments to small-scale farmers who are women. As women are responsible for producing a majority of the food in developing countries but most only farm at subsistence levels, investments in their access to knowledge and agricultural resources would greatly benefit efforts to improve food production and food security.
Now through May 20, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles is featuring the exhibition "Women Hold up Half the Sky," which addresses gender inequality as the human rights cause of our time and profiles the work being done by organizations including Women for Women International. Through the exhibition's creative design, they hope to inspire others to take action for gender equality and to understand that investing in women is crucial for growing economies and building peace and stability.
Eighteen years after the end of the Rwandan genocide, women are still in the process of recovering and healing. Women for Women International's Women's Opportunity Center (WOC), designed by Sharon Davis Design and set to open in 2013 in Kayonza, Rwanda, will play an important role in helping women as they rebuild their lives. The WOC will serve as a environmentally sustainable space for women to participate in WfWI's year long program and continue their community engagement after graduation.
GOOD Magazine profiles Women for Women International's Women's Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda, designed by Sharon Davis Design. The center, which will be completed in 2013, will serve as a sustainable place for vocational and agricultural training and will provide women with new opportunities to participate in community life.
Women for Women International’s President and COO, Andrée Simon, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War and honors the determination of women who never gave up trying to make a better future for themselves and their families. Simon explains that, for the women of Bosnia, “theirs is the story of the power of the human spirit to rise up from the worst atrocities, determined to move beyond their suffering and to find meaning and purpose in life again.”
Women for Women International’s Founder, Zainab Salbi, discusses why women need to be involved in peacemaking and how the Arab Spring has brought a new political opening for women. Salbi also shares her favorite country that she has worked in.
A panel discussion on US intervention options with Syria and Iran brings Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi to the floor for her opinion on how the US can better understand the state of this region affected by the Arab Spring. Salbi argues that these countries have complex tribal conflicts, and that the US should shift its engagement from military support to acknowledge the Arab Spring movement and focus on job development.
Founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi shares inspirational words for women in an interview on women’s motivational advocate, Claudia Chan’s website. Salbi says that we must act on our dreams, truth, and passions and “enjoy the whole ride,” even the challenges of our lives.
In an issue on women’s empowerment and overcoming oppression in Emel Magazine, Ali Khimji and Mashaal Mir say that war can bring out not only the worst acts in humanity, but also the best acts in people. According to them, Zainab Salbi, Founder of WfWI, is an excellent example of the latter. Salbi talks about how her motivation to reach out and help women during the outbreak of the Bosnian War in 1992, laid the foundation for WfWI.
President and COO of Women for Women International Andree Simon says that on International Women’s Day we must pause and remember how far women have come in the 101 years since the day was first recognized, and to celebrate the accomplishments women have achieved. Simon hopes that women around the world will join in sisterhood to support women in places like the post-conflict countries WfWI works in, “who still have the longest fight ahead of them.”
WfWI's Founder, Zainab Salbi participates in a panel discussion on Afghanistan at the Women in the World Summit and talks about WfWI's Men's Leadership Program, which helps male community leaders understand the importance of supporting women's equality. The other panelists concur that in order to address the challenges still facing Afghan women, Afghan men must also become part of the solution.
WfWI's Executive Director for Global Programs, Karen Sherman, explains how investing in a woman not only impacts her life, but also improves the well-being of her family. By investing in women, whole communities can potentially lift themselves out of poverty.
WfWI Executive Director for Global Programs Karen Sherman says that the efforts of women played a “catalytic role” in bringing down long-time leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Women participants of the Arab Spring protests say that they will persevere through the challenges that stand in the way of their countries' transition to democracy.
Huffington Post editor Martha Burk talks with Zainab Salbi, WfWI Founder, during her radio show about the uncertainty of the state of Afghanistan and fate of its women once US troops depart. Zainab offers her opinion on ways that Afghanistan can build peace and stability through strategic economic investments in infrastructure and job creation, and by protecting women’s rights, saying “it’s all interconnected.”
BBC News anchor Jane O'Brien sits down with Karen Sherman, WfWI Executive Director of Global Programs, to discuss Pakistan's new laws to protect women against violence. While she agrees that this legislation is an important step forward, Karen notes that Pakistan, and the much of the world, has a long way to go before women's rights a fully realized and protected.
Karen Sherman, WfWI Executive Director of Global Programs, highlights the plight of the 1 million war widows in Iraq and how WfWI is helping them to rebuild their lives, families and communities.
Fast Company Design profiles Sharon Davis's innovative design for WfWI's Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda.
As the horrifying stories of Gulnaz and Sahar Gul gain international attention, Women for Women International's Afghanistan Country Director, Sweeta Noori, tells Betty Confidential that these stories of oppression, abuse and injustice are far too common in today's Afghanistan.
Ode Magazine profiles Women for Women International founder and former CEO, Zainab Salbi, for her courage in action. Salbi discusses her inspiration for starting WfWI: "I believe the way to stop violence against women is to speak out and refuse to be silent".
Karen Sherman, the Executive Director of Global Programs at Women for Women International, reflects on the legacy of the Rwandan genocide and the important strides that were made so that Rwandan women could play a leading role in the nation's reconstruction and governance.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi explains how the war in Iraq has impacted the lives of Iraqi civilians, particularly women, in a two-hour roundtable discussion dedicated to the end of the Iraq War on MSNBC’s “Up w/Chris Hayes.”
In a conversation with CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell on New Year’s Eve, Zainab Salbi reflects on the untold story of women’s efforts to establish peace and stabilize life during war and conflict. Zainab offers her perspective on future peacekeeping and conflict resolution efforts: “We cannot talk about lasting and sustainable peace if we do not include women”.
Voice of America interviews three WfWI-Iraq participants about the erosion of women’s rights in Iraq and their struggle to rebuild their lives, families and communities amidst continuing conflict and instability.
Women for Women International’s Founder, Zainab Salbi, shares six easy things you can do to make a difference for women everywhere.
Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International, appeared on Anderson and talked with Anderson Cooper about how the atrocities committed against women during the Bosnian War continue today in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how our "front line" understanding of war does not include what is happening on the "back line" where women struggle to keep life going.
WfWI ambassador Azita Ghanizada shares her thoughts on the recent release of Gulnaz, an Afghan woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after being raped, which has highlighted the widespread violence and injustice that Afghan women continue to face.
Andree Simon, President and COO of Women for Women International, congratulates the three incredible female recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and all the women who are unsung heroes in the struggle to bring lasting peace.
In an article for Forbes.com, Elmira Bayrasli discusses the importance of investing in women entrepreneurs with WfWI Board Member Sheryl Sandberg, WfWI President and COO Andree Simon, and WfWI-Rwanda and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women graduate Euphrasie Mukanyarwaya.
The New York Times reports on Angelina Jolie's new film "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The New York City premiere was co-hosted by Women for Women International and the Council on Foreign Relations.
The New York Posts reports on the New York premiere of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," co-hosted by Women for Women International.
Women's Wear Daily covers the premiere of Angelina Jolie's new movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey." Women for Women International co-hosted the premiere with the Council on Foreign Relations.
Zainab Salbi attends the New York premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The event was co-hosted by Women for Women International. "In the Land of Blood and Honey," directed by Angelina Jolie, spotlights the struggles of women during the Bosnian War.
Glamour Magazine featured Women for Women International's Gifts that Give Back on its "31 Days of Giving" list as a great way to make an impact this holiday season.
Elizabeth Burke of The Levo League covers Women for Women International’s Annual Awards Gala and shares why Gen Y should have their eye on WfWI as a “cause that’s worth your mental energy.”
Former President Bill Clinton received the Champion of Peace Award at Women for Women International’s Annual Gala in New York for his work through the Clinton Global Initiative to provide opportunities for financial independence for women and girls in third world countries and reduce the maternal mortality, among other efforts.
Inspiring quotes from Zainab Salbi, featured with Amy Chua and and Tonia O'Connor in the Moves Magazine Power Issue.
Christine Karumba, Women for Women International-DRC Country Director, shares how women in the DRC are finding ways to hope again, how their optimism for the future is changing their communities, and what it takes to be a mission leader in a war-torn environment.
Zainab Salbi shares her personal story on why she was driven to found Women for Women International and why individual dignity lies at the heart of what we do. In addition, Abigail Disney provides her insights about what makes Women for Women International a unique form of "stealth social change."
Karen Sherman, Executive Director for Global Programs for Women for Women International, will be participating in the Womenetics Global Women’s Initiative conference on November 10 to discuss ways to advance women worldwide.
USA Today recently featured a special supplement on the importance of investing in women and girls. The insert included a piece by WfWI founder Zainab Salbi.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi appears on MSNBC's to talk about Libya and Iraq.
Zainab Salbi talks about the ideas that formed the unique premise of Women for Women International 18 years ago and the work WfWI has done since to serve women around the world.
Seida Saric, Country Director of WfWI's Bosnia and Herzegovina office, talks about women in Bosnia speaking out about what happened to them during the Bosnian war.
Jessica Harris, of NPR's "From Scratch," speaks with Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi about her life and why she founded WfWI.
Creative Director of kate spade new york, Deborah Lloyd, appears on Fox News to discuss the partnership between kate spade and Women for Women International.
Women for Women International President and COO Andree Simon and a supporter appeared on the Today Show on Sunday to promote WfWI and the importance of our supporters.
Marie Claire Magazine's October issue highlights women participants of the WfWI program from Bosnia, Congo, and Afghanistan who are not defined by tragedy … but by courage.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria interviews Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi, and authors and journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about women's changing roles around the world.
In an article in the Economist's Intelligent Life Magazine, Newsweek and Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown discusses why Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi inspires her.
Following South Sudan's independence on July 9th, Karak Mayik, WfWI Country Director in Sudan, urges the international community to ensure that women play an active role in creating a peaceful future for the world's newest nation.
In an interview for the August issue of Leaders Magazine, Zainab Salbi discusses the early days of Women for Women International, the unique challenges faced by women survivors of conflict and the priceless bond that is created between a sister and her sponsor.
In an article for The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town”, Rebecca Mead discusses Women for Women International’s NYC press luncheon and the future of Afghan women with Sayed Ishaq Gailani, a member of the Afghan National Assembly.
In a recent blog post for ForbesWoman's "World with a View", Cheryl Isaac calls Zainab Salbi a “trailblazer” and a “hero” and highlights the work of Women for Women International in helping women gain economic empowerment and combating violence against women.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard, Seida Saric, Women for Women International Country Director in Bosnia and Herzegovina, talks about what Ratko Mladic's arrest and his appearance in The Hague to face charges of orchestrating the siege and the Srebrenica massacre means to her and to women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She said: "There's no doubt that it's extremely important for all of us that he has been arrested and handed over to the Hague. It's a small symbol of justice, but it's significant."
In an interview with Women News Network, Zainab Salbi discusses her own experience as a survivor of war, her inspiration for founding Women for Women International, and the importance of increasing women’s participation in the Afghanistan peace-building and reconciliation processes. Zainab also offers her perspective on the recent civilian-led revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, stating, “This is a moment of change and I hope the change will not stop until it includes women."
Photos from Women for Women International’s third Annual Luncheon and Panel Discussion in New York City are posted on the New York Social Diary blog. The Luncheon hosted over 350 guests and featured a panel discussion on the future of Afghanistan with Zainab Salbi, our CEO and Founder, Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and director, and Sayed Gailani, a member of the Afghan Parliament.
Zainab Salbi and Women for Women International were featured in a Huffington Post article chronicling the progress of this week’s La Pietra Coalition gathering in Italy. Coalition participants argue that “this is the time for financial inclusion for women” and are focused on putting women’s economic empowerment at the top of the G-20 agenda. Zainab summed up the challenge: “If this is a mountain we are on the mountain. We are halfway up that mountain. We are not at the top.”
An interview with Lyric Thompson in a Bust Magazine article series focusing on Women for Women International's May 25th press luncheon in New York City. Thompson discusses the role of women in peace-building processes and the future of women’s rights in post-war Afghanistan.
Women for Women International was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, May 23rd, 2011. In a star studded tribute to Oprah Winfrey's service for 25 years and the impact she has on women around the world, WfWI was featured along with long time supporter Mollie Dougherty who became a sponsor after seeing The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006.
In the second article of her three-part series on Women for Women International and Afghanistan, Bust's Liza Eckert covers Women for Women's May 25th press luncheon in New York City, including the discussion about Afghanistan between panelists Zainab Salbi, Sayed Ishaq Gailani and Sebastain Junger.
Bloomberg Television's, Margaret Brennan from InBusiness, interviews Zainab Salbi about how investing in women is the way to reach economic growth to its fullest potential.
BUST Magazine’s Liza Eckert published a series of articles surrounding Women for Women International’s May 25th press luncheon in New York City. In the first article, titled "In Afghanistan, the Best Way for Women is by Training Men," Karen Sherman discussed WfWI’s Afghanistan program and gave her predictions on the future of Afghan women.
Women for Women International mentioned in star studded celebration of Oprah Winfrey's 25 year career on television. Her final three episodes will air the week of May 23rd - 25th.
Kate Nustedt, Women for Women International UK Executive Director talks on CNN International about how we can aid women in war-torn countries.
Lyric Thompson blogs from the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women for TrustLaw Women, a Project of the Thomson-Reuters FoundationApril 4, 2011 — via TrustLaw
Lyric Thompson blogged live from New York at the 55th UN Commission on the Status of Women, where thousands of women’s rights activists were gathered to celebrate the launch of a new UN agency on women and to review global progress on advancing gender equality. Her blog A New Global Agency for Women’s Equality addresses the excitement felt in the activism world since the launch of UNWomen as well as the challenges that this new agency may face as it attempts to address global women’s issues. Lyric’s second blog, The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day: Toward A New Framework for Advancing Women’s Rights and Dignity in Afghanistan, highlights the concurrence of the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011. The piece discusses the issues Afghan women still face in their struggle for equal rights and public participation, while pointing to the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day as an opportunity activists around the globe to demand justice for Afghan women.
In her article on the Women in the World 2011 Summit, Marcia G. Yerman highlights Zainab Salbi’s participation in the Summit as part of the “Solutions Partners” organizations who spoke about innovative work to address global challenges “on the ground”. During her talk Zainab presented photos and gave accounts of women in Congo as well as gave an introduction to Women for Women International’s “If You Knew Me, You’d Care” campaign.
As part of their Ending Modern-Day Slavery project, on March 29, 2011 CNN featured Zainab Salbi’s expository trip through India’s Red Light District. Part one of this series follows Zainab’s travels in the Red Light District, where she met and spoke both with women who had been trafficked for sex and a brothel owner. These meetings highlight two distinct perspectives on the issues that surround sex trafficking in India. In part two Zainab is interviewed by Becky Anderson about her experiences in India and her views on the issue of trafficking of women for sex work.
Zainab Salbi joined Tina Brown, Dr. Nawal El Saadwi and Sussan Tahmasebi on ABC’s This Week to discuss the topic of female freedom fighters in the recent revolutions throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The panel discussed, among other topics, the ways in which women’s rights are both global and local, and encompass both political and economic issues. Zainab first talked about the joy she gets from seeing women in the frontlines of these revolutions, fighting for their rights alongside men, and how women are the bellwether of society. Additionally, the panelists all agreed that there is a need for the amplification of women’s voices as well as vigilance against marginalization of women’s rights issues once the revolution has taken place.
Zainab Salbi was interviewed by Matt Frei on BBC World News America on the topic of “Campaigning for Women’s Rights.” In this interview Zainab discussed the fact that there has been progress on women’s equality in many countries—notably the US and some European countries—however, the core challenge of achieving equality between men and women has not been met anywhere in the world. Zainab asks the question of how to make the next century a women’s century where we finally achieve equality and justice for women in all areas. Finally, Zainab warns that, while the roles that women have played in the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have been inspiring, we must remember that women have been a part of all revolutionary movements throughout history, but have traditionally been sent back to the home once the revolution has been completed.
In its March 2011 edition, Marie Claire featured the Quinn Tote from the new kate spade new york collection created by WfWI graduates in Rwanda.. Deborah Lloyd, kate spade new york’s creative officer, first noticed beautiful hand-woven “peace baskets” at a Women for Women International luncheon. These baskets inspired the spring collection designed by kate spade and produced in partnership with Women for Women International as a way to generate income for our program graduates.
founder, Zainab Salbi, was named one the 2011 Top 100 Women: Activists and Campaigners in The Guardian. The list highlights women around the world who have helped make change and break barriers for the women's global movement.
For the first time in history the Google Doodle celebrates the centenary of International Women's Day. "Late last month we teamed up with Women for Women International to announce the Join me on the Bridge campaign, a celebration of the achievements of women taking place on bridges around the world. Since then almost 300 bridge events in more than 50 countries have been added to the map. I’ve found it inspiring to watch all of those little red pins pop up, knowing that each of them represents a group of women and their supporters coming together to let the world know how far we’ve come."
On March 8, 2011 Zainab Salbi joined Dina Powell and Tina Brown on Charlie Rose where they were interviewed about the upcoming Women in the World conference, the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and women’s issues and status around the world. Zainab focused her discussion on the role of women in public demonstrations, Women for Women International’s Bridge event and the call for increased participation of women in Afghanistan’s politics and public life, as well as the first International Women’s Day and the parallels between what women called for then and what women’s needs are today. Additionally, she discussed the founding of Women for Women International and the work Women for Women does in each country.
Zainab Salbi spoke with Gayle King on The Gayle King Show to discuss the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.
Zainab Salbi talks about growing up in Iraq and the present challenges faced by women in Iraq. In this article she highlights the struggles of Radya, a woman that she grew up with and how they were reunited through the work of Women for Women International.
Events in New York and San Francisco will commemorate the Centennial International Women’s Day
Zainab Salbi speaks with with Don Lemon on CNN Newsroom and discusses the role of women in Democracy movements and the global Women's movement on the eve of 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
Zainab Salbi was honored by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as a woman who Shakes the World. Salbi was included in a list of 150 Extraordinary Women around the world who have made a lasting impact in their field.
Women for Women International and Google are pleased to collaborate on Join me on the Bridge, a campaign honoring the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011. Join me on the Bridge brings women and men together in solidarity on bridges around the world, celebrating the achievements of generations of women before us while shining an international spotlight on the issues still facing women around the world.
In the last in a series on Young Global Leaders, Julia Steers talks about how Zainab Salbi came to found Women for Women International, how women’s issues and development are tied together, and the importance of women’s participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Zainab was quoted as saying, “If 50 percent of the voices you are hearing in Davos are not women, then you are missing out on at least half of the solutions and visions out there."
Zainab Salbi Discusses the Importance of Making Women the Central Discussion in Conflict Situations on THINK with Krys BoydFebruary 23, 2011 — via KERA
In this interview with Krys Boyd Zainab discusses the how women are the bellwether of society and the treatment of women can be used to predict the direction of a society. She talked about the need for women in conflict to be a central discussion instead of marginalized. Zainab also had the opportunity to share the stories of women she met on her recent trip to Congo.
Despite improvements to Afghan women’s rights following the fall of the Taliban, the country’s women still face injustices and often live as second-class citizens. Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi is interviewed about how to improve living conditions for Afghan women following troop withdrawal this year, and shares a moving story about a WfWI program participant in the country.
Despite improvements to Afghan women’s rights following the fall of the Taliban, the country’s women still face injustices and often live as second-class citizens. Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi is interviewed about how to improve living conditions for Afghan women following troop withdrawal this year, and shares a moving story about a WfWI program participant in the country.
In an interview with BBC Radio’s World Service Outlook, Zainab explains what her childhood was like: growing up in the shadow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, where her father was Saddam’s personal pilot. She narrates her journey to America through a marriage, and how she later used her experience with war to help women in war-torn and post-conflict regions rebuild their lives by founding Women for Women International.
Writers Johann Koss and John W. McArthur highlight Women for Women International as an organization that has made "exciting progress" on a pledge to advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the last year. Through its year-long program providing rights awareness, life skills and vocational training to women survivors of war around the globe, WfWI pledges to advance a number of MDGs, including: eradicating extreme hunger and poverty; promoting gender equality and empowering women; and developing a global partnership for development. Since making its pledge at Davos, Switzerland in 2010, WfWI has "supported nearly 43,000 women survivors of war across a range of developing countries."
In an in-depth interview, WfWI founder Zainab Salbi reviews the founding of the organization and how the faces and stories of the global women's movement have changed since the organization began in 1993. Salbi discusses her experience working with women survivors of war, and what must be done to continue campaigning for lasting peace and justice for women worldwide.
The Huffington Post: Zainab Salbi shares Sudan Country Director, Karak Mayiks, letter to stand with the women of Sudan.January 1, 2011 — via The Huffington Post
Zainab Salbi shares a letter she recently received from Sudans Country Director, Karak Mayik, asking women everywhere to support and stand with the women of Sudan in the new year. "The New Year is a time of new beginnings, a time for making resolutions. This year, I hope you will resolve to stand with the women of South Sudan as we move to peacefully define a new beginning for ourselves in a land that has known nothing but violence, displacement and loss of lives for 40 years. On January 9th, we citizens of South Sudan will determine our own destiny not through guns and fighting, but through a peaceful and democratic process: a vote."
Shortly before his final marathon in December 2010, the Guardian published a compelling piece in which Chris discusses what motivated him to run 12 marathons for Congolese women, his run in DR Congo in August 2010, the women he met there and the work of Women for Women International. Chris participated in support of Run for Congo Women, a Women for Women International grassroots initiative which brings together people to participate in runs/walks worldwide to raise awareness for women survivors of war in DR Congo.
Afghanistan Country Director Sweeta Noori appearend on Good Morning America. George Stephanopoulos profiled Sweeta in a piece highlighting powerful women in Kabul.
In her July 2010 speech for TEDGlobal 2010, Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi discusses the importance of talking about the backlines of war and including women at the negotiating tables. Zainab shares stories from her personal experiences growing up in war-torn Iraq and the stories of the women in our programs. She talks about the ways in which women keep society going during war and the importance of including them in the peace negotiations.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi spoke at the Women's Institute at Omega Conference on women's leadership about the power of women working together. Since its founding in 2005, the conference is dedicated to sharing the voices of women who are change agents worldwide.
Executive Director of Global Programs Speaks about WfWI's Work in War-Torn and Post-Conflict CountriesNovember 1, 2010 — via The Huffington Post
WfWI Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, discusses the organization's growth since its founding in 1993, as well as how WfWI is working to include women and men in the process to understand women's rights. Sherman also addresses topics such as: how the organization has managed to undergo such recent rapid growth, WfWI's work in the eight war-torn and post-conflict countries it serves and the unique relationship between the organization's field staff and the women they serve.
Women for Women International founder, Zainab Salbi discusses changes in the status of women in Iraq. She speaks with reporter Erroll Barnett regarding changes in the lives of Iraqi women following the start of U.S. occupation in a live interview from Baghdad. Please note: Though the CNN segment reports that we work in Colombia, Women for Women International no longer operates field offices in the country.
WfWI's Senior Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson discusses the shortcomings and frustrations of the UN in achieving 1325 on openDemocracy. Thompson writes about the tentative hope that, in the future, incorporating women into the peace process can be achieved.
Women for Women International-U.K. Policy Director Brita Schmidt spoke with BBC Focus on Africa's Sophie Ikenye about how to best aide victims of rape in DR Congo. Women for Women International operates field offices in DR Congo, supporting women in war-torn and post-conflict areas; many of whom have been victims to rape as a weapon of war.
Women for Women International CEO and Founder Zainab Salbi discusses the concerns surrounding the possibility of the Taliban joining the Afghan government. In the video, Salbi notes the need to consider women in the peace process in a CNN International report.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi discusses the ongoing use of rape as a weapon of war in DR Congo with Gwen Ifill. Salbi discusses the historical use of rape against women in the country.
A report on Women for Women International's ground-breaking Men's Leadership Program in eastern DR Congo through which soldiers who raped during the country's civil war are rehabilitated. Soldiers discuss why they used their power to abuse women and how the program helped them change their views on using rape as a weapon of war.
Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson blogs about the importance of considering women's rights in our policy toward Afghanistan.August 24, 2010 — via The Hill
Women for Women International Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson writes about the importance of listening to grassroots Afghans in decisions regarding our involvement in Afghanistan. Thompson writes about the importance of listening to grassroots Afghans in our decisions regarding our involvement in Afghanistan, the importance of following through on our promises to uphold human rights and women's rights, and the action that lawmakers must take to uphold these promises.
Women for Women International Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson Interviewed About Afghanistan in The Washington TimesAugust 18, 2010 — via The Washington Times
Read an article about Afghanistan today—both in Kabul and rural regions. Women for Women International Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson is interviewed about the challenges to ensuring security and the protection of women's rights outside of Kabul in today's Afghanistan.
Zainab discusses the plight of women in Afghanistan on CNN. Read the full transcript of the interview and learn about the status of women in the country and the challenging political, economic and social environment in which they live.
Founder of Run for Congo Women, Lisa Shannon, interviewed on ABC World News. She discusses her work in DR Congo and the impact she has been able to make through Run for Congo Women. The piece aired July 27th.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi will serve as a witness during the Tuesday, July 27 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, "Considering Afghanistan's Reconciliation Options." The panel will be broadcast over the web via the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's website. The hearing will be led by Senator John Kerry (D-MA).
The unique challenges of women in the DR Congo are highlighted in the August issue of magazine about Run for Congo Women and its founder, Lisa Shannon. The article details not only the run's successful U.S. supporter base, but how women in DR Congo are participating in runs to reclaim their nation.
In a blog post, Women for Women founder Zainab Salbi discusses using sound economics to help women in war-torn and post-conflict countries. She writes about the unique challenges facing women in countries where Women for Women International operates, like Sudan, Iraq and DR Congo.
Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson Discusses Women for Women International's Response to Sexual Violence in DR CongoJune 23, 2010 — via Access Utah
Thompson characterizes the trends of sexual violence in DR Congo's conflict today in a radio interview on Access Utah. She gives an overview of Women for Women International's efforts to help survivors rebuild their lives and discusses the unique one-to-one connection between sponsors and women who have survived war.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi speaks with Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Rosa Brooks, and Director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force at USAID Jim Bever on expert panel on women in Afghanistan at the State Department. The off-the-record discussion brought together members of civil society, officials from across government, and Members of Congress who have been leading voices in support of Afghan women to discuss the need for cross-sector coordination on women's issues to address both security as well as long term stability and economic development.
Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi was honored by Synergos with the 2010 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. Past honorees include Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.
Afghanistan Country Director, Sweeta Noori, writes a letter remembering Afghan Mothers this Mother's Day. As a mother, daughter, a leader, a war-survivor and three-time refugee, Sweeta reflects on what it means to be a woman in Afghanistan and how much has changed - or stayed the same for mothers in her home country.
For Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi , the green revolution starts with women. "The time has come to make agricultural and environmental policy reflective of those most impacted by it."
Zainab Salbi's aritcle "Foreign Policy: Iraq's Forgotten Women" featured in NPR. In the wake of the recent Iraqi elections, the article focuses on the issues of economic struggle, access to resources and threatened security for women in Iraq.
Zainab Salbi will be among many influential women to present and discuss challenges facing women in the developing world. The first annual conference will leverage the star power of celebrity names and the resources of the financial sector to showcase in a highly-produced and dynamic presentation those leaders on the frontlines working on innovative solutions to challenges ranging from sex slavery to girls' education in the developing world to women caught in the violence of war zones.
The United Nations Has Appointed Zainab Salbi to a group of independent experts. This group will advise on ways to better protect women in conflict situations, and to ensure that their voices are heard in peace processes and that they are included in post-conflict reconstruction and governance structures.
Women for Women International UK featured in article in CNN International about celebrations worldwide for International Women's Day. The article featured video from the Join Me On The Bridge event on the Millennium Bridge in London, which had hundreds of attendees demanding peace around the world for women.
Women for Women International's Policy Analyst, Lyric Thompson, recently wrote blog articles for OpenDemocracy.net about the 54th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
Women for Women International's Policy Analyst, Lyric Thompson, recently wrote blog articles for OpenDemocracy.net about the 54th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
Women for Women International's Policy Analyst, Lyric Thompson, recently wrote blog articles for OpenDemocracy.net about the 54th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
CEO and Founder Zainab Salbi reflects on the status of women on International Women's Day. "I am given pause when I consider the harsh reality of life for millions of women around the world, women for whom survival remains a supreme challenge and empowerment remains a foreign concept..."
Founder Zainab Salbi was on CNN International, Sunday March 7th.
Zainab Salbi sounds a call to action for all to unite this International Women's Day, March 8th, for women survivors of War.February 17, 2010 — via The Huffington Post
In the Huffington Post, CEO and Founder Zainab Salbi sounds a call to action for all to unite this International Women's Day, March 8th, for women survivors of War. There are several events in which you can get involved.
Women for Women International and kate spade new york discuss The Hand in Hand partnership and how it's helping women around the world.February 11, 2010 — via News VOA
WfWI Executive Director Karen Sherman and kate spade new york public relations manager Johanna Saum discuss hand in hand, the partnership between Women for Women International and kate spade new york to support women entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deborah Lloyd, Creative Director at kate spade new york, talks with Marie Claire about why she chose to partner with Women for Women International and make a difference.February 6, 2010 — via Marie Claire
Deborah Lloyd, Creative Director at kate spade new york, talks with Marie Claire about why she chose to partner with Women for Women International and make a difference. In celebration of International Women's Day and the Join Me On The Bridge campaign, kate spade new york will be selling gold bracelets in all their stores and online with 25% of profits going to Women for Women International.
Journalist and Author Nicholas Kristof shares his experience of traveling through DR Congo with Run for Congo Women Founder, Lisa Shannon.February 4, 2010 — via New York Times
Early 2010 has brought together two activists for Women's rights in the DR Congo: Author, Nicholas Kristof and Run for Congo Women, Lisa Shannon. Kristof shares Lisa's story in the New York Times about how watching one television program changed her life, and thousands of Congolese women lives forever.
WFWi Analyst Lyric Thompson and Sudan Country Director Karak Mayik analyze the outlook for peace and security in Sudan on The JuristJanuary 13, 2010 — via Jurist
Women for Women International Policy Analyst Lyric Thompson and Sudan Country Director Karak Mayik analyze the outlook for peace and security in Sudan on Jurist, calling for the full inclusion of women in efforts to consolidate peace and build a stronger Sudan.
Run for Congo Women founder, and Women for Women supporter, Lisa Shannon, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, December 25, 2009. She discussed her own personal mission to help 1,000 Congolese women through Women for Women International.
The likes of Bill Clinton, Giorgio Armani and Sarah Brown all helped to compile a list of their 21st Century Heroine nominees for Harper's Bazaar December issue. Bill Clinton nominated Zainab Salbi, saying "What makes Zainab one of the most inspiring women I've met is not her amazing personal story, but what she has done with it". The article will be on newstands in January.
Women for Women International Board member and COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg reflects on what she's thankful for as a woman and Women for Women International board member. "The best program I have found is Women for Women International, an international development and humanitarian organization that helps women survivors of war move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Through the organization's sponsorship program, you can be matched with a woman in need and help her receive financial assistance, job skill training, leadership and rights awareness training and microcredit loans."
The partnership between kate spade new york and Women for Women International was featured in the November issue of Elle. The article discusses a recent trip taken to the program office in Bosnia & Herzegovina as well as a photo collection from the trip.
In an article in the Danbury News Times, Women for Women International staff Sara Sykes discusses a field visit to Rwanda and Congo with founder Zainab Salbi . Sykes describes the experience of witnessing program successes on the ground, participants who are thriving, and the hope these women represent for rebuilding families and societies torn apart by war.
Zainab Salbi was featured in a series of videos on Washington Post.com, aimed at speaking about what it means to be a leader. She discusses how surviving Saddam's Iraq forged her committment to empowering women survivors of war.
The Governor of Lakes State, South Sudan named WfWI Sudan Country Director Karak Mayik "Commander of Non-Violent Forces" for her work to empower women survivors of war in Sudan. "Mrs. Mayik said, “Stop violence against women and treat women equally like men because we deserve one right image as human-beings... in this world.”
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing to shine light on the global epidemic of violence against women. Women for Women International submitted the following testimony to the Congressional Record offering 16 years of experience on how violence impacts women, their families and communities around the world and posing key recommendations as to how the U.S. can take a leadership role in preventing and combating this debilitating issue.
Lyric Thompson, Policy Analyst & External Relations Officer at Women for Women International discusses the critical situation of women in the DRC.October 22, 2009 — via Minneapolis Star Tribune
In an article in the Minneapolis StarTribune, Lyric Thompson, Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International discusses the critical situation of women in the DRC. Thompson explains that the DRC is one of the worst places for women in the world, as women face violence, rape and stigmatization associated with war.
Zainab Salbi Featured in The Guardian On Her Stance on Financial Crisis of Women in the Developing WorldOctober 6, 2009 — via Guardian
Zainab Salbi, at the International Women's Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville, focused on the effects of the financial crisis on women in the developing world. Zainab Salbi says it makes good financial sense to invest in women and distribute resources more evenly.
As the Clinton Global Initiative empressed, investing in women and girls is the only way to enforce change in the world today. Zainab Salbi, and the work Women for Women International has done with women and girls over the years, is a perfect example of just what can come out of encouraging girls to complete or continue their education, or helping a women to earn an income and reinvest in her family.
At Clinton Global Initiative and Beyond, World Leaders Say Girls Are the Key to Progres. Zainab Salbi and other world leaders are featured in the article discussing investment in women and girls during the plenary sessions at Clinton Global Initiative. The article focuses on the current status of women and girls in developing countries and the most effective manner in which to change this notion and introduce, and enforce, education for girls in these countries.
Run for Congo Women founder, and Women for Women supporter, Lisa Shannon, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, October 1st, 2009. She discussed her own personal mission to help 1,000 Congolese women through Women for Women International. The hour long epsiode will also featured "Half the Sky” authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who will discussed their focus on the global movement to end the oppression of women across the world.
Zainab Salbi featured in an article about one women sending a life-line to women who survive war. The article focuses on the work that Zainab Salbi has one over the years to help over 200,000 women and 800,000 children in war-torn countries around the world.
Zainab Salbi spoke with Ann Curry on The TODAY Show. They discussed Women for Women International's work in the Congo, Run for Congo Women and the plight of women in war torn countries.
Zainab Salbi spoke on the plenary session on Investing in Girls and Women on Wednsday, September 23. The session addresses the lack of, and need for, access to education for girls around the world. Other speakers included: Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO , The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Diane Sawyer, Co-anchor, “Good Morning America”; Co-anchor, “Primetime”, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil, Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Robert B. Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group.
Upon returning from her recent trip to Iraq, Zainab Salbi shares her insight into how far women in Iraq still need to go. "Today in Iraq, women have no one unified reality. At the same time as many women increase participation in the political sector -- Iraq's Parliament and local councils are required to have 25 percent female representation -- thousands more are experiencing brutal hardship and extreme poverty."
Interviewing DRC staff member Hortense Barholere, The Washington Times conducts an in-depth exploration of the humanitarian disaster in Congo's conflict. Calling Congo a “broken country,” this Times article is part of a weeklong expose on rape in Congo.
A house nestled in eucalutpus leaves in a cul-de-sac in Baghdad was where Zainab Salbi grew up. "A place that was once filled with the happiness of my childhood, the fear of Saddam Hussein, the loss of my mother, the joy of my brother's wedding, the horror of the execution center, the pain of the prostituted women and the weapons of the army, still holds my family's hopes and dreams."
Vegetables being tended to in many women's yards in Afghanistan are modern day victory gardens. Using the funds provided for them through gardening their land and selling produce, women in Afghanistan are not only earning an income but they also able to feed themselves and their families fresh produce.
Zainab Salbi offers analysis of the newly-implemented Shiite Personal Status Law curtailing the rights of minority women in Afghanistan. "Throughout Afghanistan's history, negotiations over women's status and rights in Afghan society have occurred largely in the context of political struggles to take power or to hold on to power..."
Women for Women International Listed as Ways You Can Help in the New York Times Special Issue "Saving the Women's World"August 18, 2009 — via New York Times
Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wudunn discuss several ways in which initemiduals can get involved in helping women around the world. Among many top organizations, Women for Women International is listed along with Kiva and Global Giving.
Sweeta Noori, Country Director for Afghanistan, and Lyric Thompson, Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer, explore opportunities for women in civil-military relations in the August issue of Monday Developments. Lyric Thompson discusses recent developments in American civil military relations, arguing for improved participation by women, with commentary by Sweeta Noori.
It's been sixteen years since Zainab Salbi has been back to Bosnia & Herzegovina. She had just turned 24 and was sitting in a refugee camp in Split, Croatia. Now, on the verge of her 40th birthday, she writes about her recent experience traveling back as well as the need to continue focusing on a country many people have forgotten.
Women for Women International Shares it's Findings from the 2009 Afghanistan Country Report to Times OnlineAugust 18, 2009 — via Times Online
As the upcoming elections looms, many are watching carefully as new laws are proposed that will limit women's rights even further. The number of women registered to vote is lower than expected and many speculate that fear of registering is keeping women from the polls.
Zainab Salbi speaks with Jim Lehrer about Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's, recent trip to the DR Congo. Following Clinton's demand to end sexual violence in the DR Congo, Zainab discusses the current situation and what Women for Women International does to aid victims of violence and war in the DR Congo.
Zainab Salbi will speak with Al Jazeera regarding Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's, demands to end sexual violence in DR Congo. Zainab will discuss violence against women and the epidemic of rape in Eastern DR Congo.
Christine Karumba, country director for the DR Congo, discusses the Men's Leadership training program in Congo and how it is helping men realize how rape is being used as a weapon of war in the ongoing conflict - and how they can prevent and combat it. She discusses how engaging men as advocates and allies to end violence against women is the most effective strategy for stopping the epidemic of rape and its destruction of whole communities in Eastern DR Congo.
Zainab Salbi speaks to Jodie Evans on her reaction to the departure of American troops in Iraq. Zainab talks about the turmoil that is left behind and how Baghdad is now two distinct areas - the red and the green zone. While the Iraqis begin to see small changes toward progress, there is much to be done in her home country.
Zainab Salbi gives her reaction to President Obama's speech and the struggle of Iraqi women today. "President Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday illustrates that it is prudent that the United States help Iraqi women in their struggle for a centralized Family Status Law that balances between respect of Islam as a religion, all the religious groups of Iraq, and women's rights as equal citizens.."
Zainab Salbi, was featured on CNN. Zainab will provide commentary on President Obama's diplomatic efforts to reach out to the Muslim world via his upcoming speech in Cairo, Egypt and the inclusion of women's voices in that conversation. Watch as Zainab thoughtfully adds her view to this pressing international issue
Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, Delivers Commencement Speech at Mary Baldwin CollegeMay 26, 2009 — via Mary Baldwin College
On Saturday, May 24th, Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, congratulated the class of 2009 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Calling upon her own experience as a graduate, Sherman talked about the path that led her to becoming an advocate for women's rights around the world and lessons learned along the way.
Upon her return from Afghanistan, Sweeta Noori talks about her views about the current situation for women in Afghanistan. Noori shares her story of what it was like to grow up in Afghanistan, the changes in the country that she witnessed and how it has impacted her role as an advocate for women's rights in Afghanistan.
Goldman Sach's Dina Habib Powell and Zainab Salbi talk about why it is imperative to invest in women for change. Through their partnership, Women for Women International and Goldman Sach's have turned their attention to empowering women as business owners and entrepeneurs in the countries where Women for Women International work.
On Friday, May 8th, Zainab Salbi congratulated the class of 2009 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The University has also created an award in Salbi's name called the "Salbi Commencement Award for Leadership and Advocacy" and will be awarded to students who exceed in this area.
Zainab Salbi Discusses the Courage & Triumph of Women Survivors of War in the Sponsorship Program. Salbi gives a detailed description of how women in the program are able to rehabillitate and move from victim to survivors through the aid of Women for Women International.
In response to the authorization of the Shiite Personal Status Law, Zainab Salbi declares a call to action to defend women's progress and human rights. As women's rights in Afghanistan are once again being challenged in the political arena, Salbi emphasizes that women's rights should be preserved and protected, not forced to take a step back from the progress and development that has been made.
Each season, Lauren Pierce contributes 10% of profits to a cause that affects women in the country from which it has sourced that seasons materials. For Spring 2009, Lauren's designs will support Women for Women International's programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Spring ‘09 Collection uses tie-dyed fabrics from. Congolese participants in Women for Women International programs. The one-of-a-kind materials accent Lauren Pierce's timeless cocktail dresses, double-sided capes, and perfect-for-spring skirts, and 10% of the proceeds from sales go back to supporting the artisans.
Women for Women International was featured on the segment "Women Make Gains, But Still Struggle in Afghanistan" on PBS's The NewsHour Friday, March 20. Correspondent Margaret Warner, speaks to two program participants, Homa and Zora, who share their stories illustrating both resilience and challenges as women living in Kabul, Afghanistan.
In celebration of Women's History Month, The Case Foundation's Kristin Ivie, interviews Zainab Salbi.
Zainab Salbi participated in an online chat on Friday, March 6 and answered questions and discussed her recent work. Ms. Salbi is a member of International Museum of Women's Global Council and was the featured speaker at I.M.O.W.'s annual gala.annual gal.
Voice of America: Women for Women International Helps Women Overcome War, Poverty, Illiteracy.
With the Obama administration coming in, hopes are high that U.S. foreign policy will focus more on women's issues around the globe.
Women for Women country directors from six countries shared their experiences of overcoming conflict, destruction, and poverty in some of the most challenging environments around the world.
Zainab Salbi and leaders of global and domestic women's organizations ask President-Elect Barrack Obama to help advance global women's rights.
Give what you can, where you can, especially when times are hard. Someone's survival may depend on it.
Rania Atalla, US Executive Director, on JURIST.com about the women of Congo. "Women in eastern Congo know exactly what it takes to end the conflict: They want the fighting to stop. They want to make a living for their families. And they want the men who are killing, maiming, and raping to be brought to justice."
Fighting Hunger and Poverty: Women for Women International Launches Large-Scale Farming Project in SudanDecember 9, 2008 — via Women for Women International
Women only Agribusiness fights hunger and poverty in Sudan - Women for Women International Launches large-scale farming project.
Women for Women International's 2008 Iraq Report mentioned in Washington Post article about women in Iraq and their continued struggle for equal rights and those who continue the fight.
Women's role in shaping Afghanistan's future - Study shows some progress but lack of women's rights in Afghanistan.
”War Survivor Champion” – Working Mother profiles Zainab Salbi as an example for women “who remind us that one person can change the lives of so many”
Christine Karumba, Country Director of the Congo, Speaks to Voice of America about ongoing Rape Crisis in CongoNovember 26, 2008 — via News VOA
As efforts continue to try to end the conflict in the eastern DRC, the toll the fighting has taken on civilians grows higher. And both women and men have been victims of rape and sexual violence. Christine Karumba, Country Director for Women for Women International, once again spoke to VOA English to Africa about the situation in eastern Congo.
Women are bearing the brunt of the conflict in the eastern DRC, facing violence, including rape, as they try to care for their families. Christine Karumba, Country Director for Women for Women International in the Congo spoke to VOA English to Africa about the situation in eastern Congo.
With 250,000 people displaced and a population gripped by fear and uncertainty, Zainab Salbi speaks in depth about the horrific violence women endure in eastern Congo. Interview airs Sunday Nov 23.
Amidst widespread violence and large scale human suffering Women for Women International is preparing to respond to the needs of thousands of women who are threatened by the fighting and are in urgent need of assistance. The direct assistance will help them to pay for food, medicine, and other lifesaving needs. Since the latest outbreak of violence more than 250,000 people have been forced to leave their homes over the last few weeks alone, bringing the total number of displaced to more than 1.2 million.
US Must Take Lead to Help Women in the Congo, Says Women for Women International and Advocates on Voice of AmericaNovember 3, 2008 — via VOA News
Experts must take lead in providing and implementing solutions to the crisis in eastern Congo. Christine Karumba, Women for Women International country director said, the recent worsening situation in eastern Congo could mean more sexual violence as well as renewed loss of property, displacement, and rejection by families and communities of additional rape victims.
Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo are calling for assistance and strong international leadership to prevent further deterioration of the devastating humanitarian situation in the country's eastern provinces. Tony Gambino, an expert on development issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said in New York at a panel discussion hosted by Women for Women International that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council need to take a 'No More Victims' approach towards the humanitarian crisis in Congo.
Women for Women International Concerned About Major Setback for Civilians Amidst Violent Clashes in Congo.October 28, 2008 — via Women for Women International
With fighting between Congolese government troops and rebel forces intensifying, civilians and particularly women are again in grave danger of taking the brunt of the fighting. “The situation is deeply worrying. The fighting endangers the small improvements in security and economic wellbeing we have seen during the recent months of relative tranquility,” says Christine Karumba, Women for Women International (WfWI) country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Huffington Post: Zainab Salbi publishes article about the importance of giving during tough financial times.October 27, 2008 — via The Huffington Post
Zainab Salbi discusses the importance of charitable giving during lean times. What hurts in the US will have devastating consequences for around the world.
The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society aims to promote women's vision on the key social and economic issues of our era. Geared towards leading women and men, the Forum is a place for debate, exchange, reflection and action and gives women a voice on all major issues facing our societies today and tomorrow.
Women for Women International's work with women survivors of war featured in The Huffington Post.
New York Times: Sweeta Noori, Country Director for Afghanistan, featured in letter to the editor 'Afghan Women's Progress' articleOctober 8, 2008 — via New York Times
In response to an article in the New York Times, entitled "In Poverty and Strife, Women Test Limits", Sweeta Noori, Country Director for Afghanistan, expresses her views on the strides women are taking in Afghanistan.
Zainab Salbi shares her advice with younger women on how to gain and keep power in the PBS interview Advice to Generation Next. Other women who have advised include Maya Angelou, Tina Brown and Mary Robinson.
Zainab Salbi and Women for Women International featured in Newsweek article, "You Can Change the World." The article focuses on advice from celebrities and leaders, including Bill Gates and Orpah Winfrey, on how everyone can take steps to impact the world and their community.
Zainab Salbi to participate in Fourth Annual Clinton Global Initiative - Tuesday, September 23 - 26. Other leaders attending the conference, include Queen Rania, Gordon Brown, Hamid Karzai, Al Gore, Barack Obama, John McCain, Michael Bloomberg, Lance Armstrong, Bono, Craig Barrett, and John Chambers. More than 130 Leading CEOs and over 50 Current and Former Heads of State will address topics such as economic growth and environmental issues.
Women for Women International will be featured on the segment "War Against Women" on CBS's Emmy Nominated 60 Minutes Sunday, August 17. Women for Women International will be featured on the segment "War Against Women" on CBS's Emmy Nominated 60 Minutes Sunday, August 17. The segment focuses on epidemic of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is a re-broadcast
Women farmers in Rwanda and Sudan learn sustainable farming skills in Women for Women International programs. Article focuses on not just providing food donations to aid those affected by the global food crisis, but also on the importance of teaching skills to produce and market food more efficiently, profitably and sustainably.
Wall Street Journal highlights Women for Women International's Rwanda Program and sustainable farming initiativeJuly 28, 2008 — via Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal highlights Women for Women International's Rwanda program and sustainable farming initiative.
Over the past two years at 13 training centers in the principal return areas in South Kivu, Women for Women International has helped returning refugees and internally displaced women earn a living and become active members of society again.
The launch of the Women for Women International's CIFI (Commecrical Integrated Farming Initiative) project in Rwanda will focus on training over 3,000 women in organic agriculture for both purposes of selling for profit and personal use. The CIFI project is looking to expand into Sudan and Afghanistan in 2009.
The article discussed foreign assistance and mentions several organizations that focus on donations, small scale projects, agricultural gifts, and sponsorship, such as Women for Women International.
This donation will help the Women for Women International's Iraqi program, and will continue to give much needed support to the Iraqi women and children suffering from the war.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation chooses Women for Women International to receive donation to sponsor 300 womenJune 26, 2008 — via The Huffington Post
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation made a generous donation to four organizations working on behalf of children who have lost parents, homes and schools in Iraq. Children in the US who have lost parents in the conflict will also benefit.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of warJune 20, 2008 — via BBC
. Targeting the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said violence against women had reached "unspeakable proportions" in some societies recovering from conflict. The UN will begin setting up an inquiry to report in June 2009 on how widespread the practice is and how to tackle it.
In Time Magazine, Caroline Kennedy talks with Zainab Salbi about the work that Women for Women International is doing to empower women around the world by transforming them from victims of conflict to active citizens through direct aid, job training, microcredit loans, rights awareness and leadership education.
Zainab Salbi quoted in a new article focusing on new opportunities for Global philanthropy in specifically focusing on the voices of women to make change.
Lisa F. Jackson talks about Women for Women International and making of documentary, The Greatest SilenceApril 9, 2008 — via NPR
Documentary filmmaker Lisa Jackson traveled to the Congo in 2006 to investigate the systematic rape of tens of thousands of women. She discusses her film and the participants at Women for Women International. The documentary, The Greatest Silence, debuts Tuesday April 8th on HBO.
Founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi quoted in article focusing on current situation of women in Iraq in The article explores the rights of women including what they are allowed to wear and their education.
Women for Women International's country office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) featured in Lisa Jackson documentary - Country Director Christine Karumba and women participants share thier stories. Airs April 8th at 10 pm on HBO.
Founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi talks about growing up in Iraq, as well as her most recent trip to her home country in the. Through her own accounts, and the most recent country report released by Women for Women International, Salbi focuses on the status of women in Iraq.
Zainab Salbi talks to The Huffington Post about her recent trip to Iraq. In the article, she focuses on how much has changed in the Iraq that she remembered, and what Women for Women International are doing to make change for the women in Iraq.
Article focuses on statistics reported on in Women for Women International's 2008 Iraq Report, including status of women and the increasing threat of violence in Iraq.
Women for Women International's Iraq Report, released on March 2nd, was featured in the BBC Article “National crisis' for Iraqi women”. The article discusses the current status of Iraqi Women based on a study done by Women for Women International.
Founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi, speaks about her recent visit to Iraq, and how important it is to listen to the Iraqi Women in regards to the struggle of day to day life, status, and the future of Iraq.
Women for Women International launches in Google Earth. Google Earth users can now view Women for Women International's program work through a Google Earth "layer".February 1, 2008 — via Google Earth
Women for Women International launches in Google Earth. Google Earth users can now view Women for Women International's program work through a Google Earth "layer". Click around the globe to see where we work and read women's stories of hope, survival and recovery.
Long time partner of Women for Women International, Organic Style, announces the launch of their magazine this week.February 27, 2008 — via Organic Style
Long time partner of Women for Women International, Organic Style, announces the launch of their magazine this week. Organic Style® Magazine is a quarterly online publication connecting you to artisans, growers, humanitarians and environmentalists who make it their mission to put the planet first, including the vital work of Women for Women International. Read Healing the Wounds of War in the premier issue.
Hamide Latifi, Country Director for Kosovo, sent a heart felt update to the Women for Women office, declaring her countries excitement over the declaration of independence. Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia after years of struggle and confrontation.
Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia after years of struggle and confrontation.
Zainab Salbi gives a voice to what she calls the “backline” of war—the often unheard and ignored experiences of women and their efforts to survive the terrifying consequences of the frontline at
Women for Women International was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. The segment focuses on the civil war in Congo and the effect it has had on the women of the DR Congo. The show aired January 13th, 2008.
As the threat of conflict looms and independence continues to be an issue in Kosovo, Zainab Salbi discussesDecember 20, 2013 — via The Huffington Post
As the threat of conflict looms and independence continues to be an issue in Kosovo, Zainab Salbi discusses the view of Kosovar women on the economic, social and political issues that affect all of Kosovo in the
DRC with a delegation from the Holocaust Museum | Women for Women International is featured in The Utah Statesmen OnlineDecember 1, 2007 — via The Washington Post
December, 2007 Michael Gerson, visited the DRC with a delegation from the Holocaust Museum. He recounts his experience when he met one of the Women for Women International participants of the program in his Op-Ed.
Women for Women International is featured in The Utah Statesmen Online, as it receives holiday donations from Angie's Restaurant in Logan Utah. In addition to giving locals a free Thanksgiving meal, Saboor Fahey, owner of Angie's Restaurant, contributes money from donations raised by members of the community to a charity of his choice, this year choosing Women for Women International and praising the work that the organization has done in his native Afghanistan.
Calling her “a remarkable young leader who shares my father's belief that one person can make a differenceNovember 7, 2007 — via John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Calling her “a remarkable young leader who shares my father's belief that one person can make a difference”, Caroline Kennedy and the
Our Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Country Director, Christine Karumba, recently participated in a podcast for the "Voices on Genocide Prevention" which was hosted and presented by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In this interview, she spoke about the current state of women in the DRC and why Women for Women International work there is so important.
Women for Women International founder, Zainab Salbi, was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's. Zainab discussed her personal experience as a survivor of war and work with Women for Women International.
Women for Women International's Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Country Director, Christine Karumba, was interviewed on. She spoke about the war on women in east Congo and the sexual violence women are experiencing that has been called the worst in the world by United Nations officials.
Christine Karumba discusses the work of Women for Women International in light of the epidemic of rapes that is occurring in her country.September 27, 2007 — via Worldview
Christine Karumba, our Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Country Director, was interviewed on and discussed the work of Women for Women International in light of the epidemic of rapes that is occurring in her country.
Zainab Salbi appeared on PBS' Wide Angle on September 11, 2007, following the documentary: A Woman Among Warlords. Zainab spoke about the status of women in Afghanistan and how viewers could make a difference in the lives of women survivors of war.