Iraqi-American helping women in war-torn nations
Zainab Salbi grew up in harsh conditions in
They write of Salbi: “She was driven by a simple mission: to give women in war-torn countries like hers the chance to rebuild their shattered lives.”
Salbi comments: “In the news we only hear about security problems, not the economic reality of people.”
As the article notes: “Females are often forced to bear the biggest economic brunt of war. With husbands caught up in fighting, women become their family’s sole provider. Without an education or job - rights often denied to them in male-dominated cultures – many fall into poverty.
Others are even less fortunate and become the target of rape and sexual slavery, as was the case with thousands of women in
So, Women for Women offers war-affected females a one-year rehabilitation program, complete with direct financial aid, human rights awareness training, job skills mentorship, and even micro-credit loans to help them start small businesses and become active members of their communities.
Since 1993, the organization has empowered more than 120,000 women in countries like
“The most important factor of success is not abandoning them,” Salbi says.
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