Practitioner Profile | Lina Abirafeh

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Dr. Lina Abirafeh is the Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW). She has nearly 20 years of experience addressing gender issues in both development and humanitarian settings, with a focus on gender-based violence in emergencies, including in conflict, post-conflict, and natural disasters. She has worked with many UN agencies and international NGOs, including in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Lebanon, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Abirafeh has also conducted research on various gender issues in Bangladesh, Fiji, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, and has published much of this work in books and journals, including her 2009 book “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention”. Her work is summarized in her 2015 TEDx talk.

Dr. Abirafeh completed her PhD in international development in 2008 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), researching the effects of gender-focused international aid in conflict and post-conflict settings, with a specific focus on gender-based violence. She also holds a Master’s degree in international economics and development from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

In this practitioner profile, we discuss challenges facing women in the Arab world, as well as responses to gender-based violence, support for survivors of violence, and other aspects of gender-sensitive programming in humanitarian emergencies.

 

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