Making the Men of Iraq Listen

Talking with Zainab Salbi, defender of women's rights in tough places

People always ask why should we care about Iraqi women—

I don't ask that!

Zainab Salbi: Outspoken, unbroken
photo: Deborah Feingold, 2005
Zainab Salbi: Outspoken, unbroken

[Laughs] I know, but I'm just saying. When you sacrifice women's rights, when you negotiate women's rights away, the entire society suffers. I am not coming at this from a strictly moral point of view; it is also very pragmatic. You need strong women—at the grass-roots level—to build a strong society. Women are the barometers.

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