For being a voice of change
The Iraqi-born human-rights activist Zainab Salbi founded the nonprofit Women for Women International in 1993 to help female survivors of war after leaving an arranged marriage that brought her to the United States. in 2015, she returned to the Middle East as host of a new TLC Arabia talk show aimed at Arab women, The Nida’a Show ("The Calling"). Her goal: to foster frank communication within the region. The first season of the show, which went out to 4 million households in 22 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, featured regional tastemakers along with the likes of Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey (a longtime supporter of Salbi’s). It also boldly covered transgender issues, rape, the Islamic State, child brides, and female genital mutilation.