Lina Abou-Habib


Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) is an expert in mainstreaming gender in development policies and practices and in building capacities for gender mainstreaming in regional and international agencies as well as public institutions.

She is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (American University of Beirut).  She also serves as the Chair of the Collective for Research and Training of Development-Action and is a Strategic MENA Advisor for the Global Fund for Women.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Gender and Development journal published by Oxfam and Routledge.

Abou-Habib was the former Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action (CRTD-A) and is a co-founder and coordinator of the Machreq/Maghreb Gender Linking and Information Project.   She served as the Executive Director of the Women's Learning Partnership based in Washington, DC, and is a former chair of the board of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). She holds an M.A. in Public Health from American University in Beirut and was a Ph.D. candidate in gender and public policy at AUT in New Zealand.

Abou-Habib has been featured as an expert speaker and panelist in the MENA region and internationally. She has appeared on Al Jazeera, CNN, CBC, Fox News, France 24, al Mayadeen, Sky TV, Press TV, BBC English and Arabic, as well as on local broadcast networks in Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and Bahrain.

She has published several research articles in international journals on action-oriented research on the impact of the denial of citizenship rights to women in MENA countries; active citizenship and gendered social entitlements in Lebanon, Palestine, and Egypt; and topics related to women's political participation, invisible care work, economic contribution in rural communities and access to markets, faith-based organizations, migrant women and refugees, and women in post-war Lebanon. Abou-Habib's articles on action-oriented research have appeared in Oxfam's Gender and Development Journal, Royal Tropical Institute's Source Book, and Routledge.

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