All School Meeting with gender-based violence specialist, Lina Abirafeh '92

October 8, 2014
Dr. Abirafeh (right) with Ms. Cabeza de Vaca, head of school

Alumna and gender-based violence (GBV) specialist Lina Abirafeh, PhD ’92 joined the Madeira community on September 26 to lead a conversation about the tragic problem of gender-based violence, or GBV, during emergencies. Dr. Abirafeh is a has over 16 years of experience in various development and emergency GBV contexts such as Central African Republic, Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, amongst others. She most recently came back from Lebanon where she was running an emergency training for frontline workers for the Syria response.

Dr. Abirafeh shed light on problems that face women around the world, including in the United States. While women and girls are already more vulnerable to GBV, during a crisis, such as a natural disaster or conflict, they are at an even higher risk. In her presentation, Dr. Abirafeh, stressed that in order to end GBV, “we must help women create the tools with which they can achieve self-sufficiency, a choice, and a voice…”

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Lina Abirafeh’s academic qualifications include a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), researching the effects of gender-focused international aid in conflict and post-conflict contexts, with a specific focus on GBV. Based on this research, she published a book entitled “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” in 2009. Her CV provides a full list of publications and presentations on GBV, gender issues, emergencies (both conflict and natural disaster), masculinities, and other relevant topics – available upon request. Lina received her master’s degree in international economics and development from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1998. She is a board member of ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality, an NGO based in Lebanon and covering the Arab world, and she also serves on the international advisory board of Forced Migration Review. She is fluent in French and functional in spoken Arabic. 

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