How to create innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges
International women's rights expert Lina AbiRafeh has worked as a humanitarian aid worker for decades in Afghanistan, Haiti, the Central African Republic, and Papua New Guinea and now works independently and advises organizations and companies in enhancing their engagement with women’s rights and gender equality. Don't miss this interview to learn more!
Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — With Thanksgiving upon us and women’s rights very much in the news, this is a great week to celebrate and support women around the globe. To help get you started, don’t miss this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita, featuring her interview with author and international women’s rights activist Lina AbiRafeh.
You’ll learn: How to create innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges
Rita asks Lina:
- How did you start? What ignited your activism for women’s rights?
- What does the world look like for women?
- What are the most pressing issues for women right now?
- How does the US compare to other countries?
- What was the drive behind writing your 1st and 2nd books?
- What is this next book about?
- What are your plans going forward?
- What can other people do to get involved?
Meet Lina: Committed to building a better world for women, this global women’s rights expert, author, and speaker with decades of experience, creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges. She has worked as a humanitarian aid worker for decades in Afghanistan, Haiti, the Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, and others. Lina now works independently and advises organizations and companies in enhancing their engagement with women’s rights and gender equality. She serves as the Senior Advisor for Global Women’s Rights at the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, where she served as Executive Director for seven years. Lina is also the founder of Yalla, Feminists!, an online space and open platform dedicated to amplifying women’s voices worldwide.
Lina has been honored to be able to share her passion and experience in ending violence against women, speaking on global stages including her TEDx talk, Women Deliver PowerTalk, and keynote address for the Swedish International Development Agency annual meeting. She completed her doctoral work at the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” in 2009, based on her Ph.D. research. Her second book, “Freedom on the Frontlines: Afghan Women and the Fallacy of Liberation,” was released in 2022. Her next book outlines fifty years of Arab feminism and will be published in spring 2023.
Lina speaks and frequently publishes on various gender issues, such as the need for a feminist response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Arab women and girls. She believes women’s leadership is the strongest vehicle for peace and sustainable development. Lina’s piece “I Hate International Women’s Day” was among many that resonated with women’s rights activists worldwide. Her work in support of women in Afghanistan was featured on CNN, leading to a live CNN interview on this topic. She continues to advocate for women’s rights worldwide, with appearances on France24, CNN Greece, BBC, Good Morning America, and other programs.
Lina serves on the board of many global women’s rights organizations. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide and a Vital Voices fellowship for outstanding women leaders. The Women’s Media Center recognized her as one of their Progressive Women’s Voices for 2021 and a Women in Power fellow for 2022. Learn more at LinaAbiRafeh.com.
Until next Monday: May you stand up for what you believe in with all of your heart! Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving! — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us