Samira - Country of Origin: Iraq
Samira founded Women of the World in 2009 to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping refugee women from around the world achieve self-sufficiency. Under her leadership WoW has become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah.
In 2018, Samira was awarded the America’s Region Nansen Award from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; she was chosen from over 450 international nominees. "When I was nine years old in Iraq I drew a picture of a woman trapped in a spider web. People asked me "why is she opening her hand and yelling?" The spider web was the society we were living in where woman did not have equal rights and were not considered a priority. We couldn't speak up or do anything. We would be put in jail for talking about women’s rights. I thought, one day I will be help women of the Middle East.
I spent 17 years as a senior engineer at Micron. I resigned from there in 2008. I decided it was time to pursue my dream and my dream was to help women from all over the world. I felt it deep in my heart and now I am living my dream. For the last ten years I have helped over 1500 women from all over the world.
The women I work with have had many horrific and traumatic experiences...war, oppression, poverty, violence and more. Many come filled with despair, ptsd, depression and many other things. I help as an advocate and I try to help them have a better life for themselves and their families. When they come, they need someone to be with them, to smile with them, to cry with them, to make them feel safe...that's what I did, because even if you've lost everything, life goes on." #thenewamericans #thenewamericansofsaltlake #refugeesarewelcomehere #welcomingsaltlake #womenoftheworld #WoW ...