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UNF welcomes world-renowned humanitarian Zainab Salbi to Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

Headshot of Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi, celebrated humanitarian, author and journalist, will discuss "The Rights of Women in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities,", at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series brings notable speakers to the UNF campus that cover a wide range of subject matter such as foreign affairs, economics, world culture and more. All Distinguished Voices lectures are free and open to the public.

Salbi was selected as a jury of The Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the biggest award for humanitarian work throughout the world. She is noted as of the 25 women changing the world by People Magazine and one of the “100 Top Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy Magazine.

At the age of 23, Salbi 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 the life-changing skills necessary to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership as CEO from 1993-2011, the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 478,000 marginalized women in eight global conflict areas.

Salbi is also the host and creator of several TV shows including “#MeToo, Now What?” on PBS; “The Zainab Salbi Project,” original series on Huffington Post; “The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic,” where she landed the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world; and a new original series with Yahoo News! called “Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi” exploring contemporary issues from a female perspective.