LAU’s Lina Abirafeh was just listed among world’s 100 most influential people in gender policy for 2018

Lina Abirafeh is the director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (


) at the Lebanese American University (LAU). Apolitical, an international platform for governments, included her among the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018. The


was released on May 23. It honors researchers, policymakers, professors, etc. who are fighting for gender equality in their communities. Among those listed are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Pakistani activist for female education and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Abirafeh graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s in International Economics and Development. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Abirafeh joined IWSAW in 2015 and spent most of her career working on gender issues in various settings. “I began to see the world through a gendered lens as a teenager and knew that remedying those inequalities was what I would do for the rest of my life,” she


. Congratulations!

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