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Lina Abirafeh

Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women; Global Women's Rights Expert

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Lina Abirafeh Biography

Lina AbiRafeh is committed to building a better world for women.

AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate with decades of experience worldwide. She creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges.

AbiRafeh worked for over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, and others. Her experience spans global organizations such as the World Bank and various United Nations agencies.

AbiRafeh advises several organizations and companies at a senior level. In addition, she is also 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. AbiRafeh is also the founder of Yalla, Feminists! an online space dedicated to amplifying women’s voices worldwide.

AbiRafeh was honored to be able to share her passion and experience in ending violence against women on global stages including her TEDx talk, WomenDeliver PowerTalk, keynote address for Swedish International Development Agency annual meeting, amongst others.

AbiRafeh completed her doctoral work from the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” in 2009, based on her PhD research. Her second book “Freedom on the Frontlines: Afghan Women and the Fallacy of Liberation” was released in February 2022. Her next book is underway.

AbiRafeh speaks and publishes frequently on a range of 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. AbiRafeh’s piece I Hate International Women’s Day has 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 others.

AbiRafeh sits on the board of numerous global women’s rights organizations including SheDecides, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Forced Migration Review, Society of Gender Professionals, Global Women’s Institute, and others. AbiRafeh has received various awards and recognitions including the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide in 2018 and 2019 and a Vital Voices fellowship for 2021 for outstanding women leaders. She was recognized by the Women’s Media Center as one of their Progressive Women’s Voices for 2021 and is featured in their database of experts. AbiRafeh is also a Women inPower fellow for 2022.

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Freedom on the Frontlines

Freedom on the Frontlines

Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention

Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention

Speaking Topics
  • Equality for women… what will it take?

    Women are half of the world’s population, but continue to be the majority of the world’s poor, kept from basic education, forced into marriage, marginalized in the working world, underrepresented in every aspect of public life, and denied rights to their own bodies and lives. Armed with shocking statistics and powerful anecdotes built from over two decades of firsthand experience in some of the world’s most challenging countries, Lina AbiRafeh makes a strong case for women – and how we all have a role to play in building a better world.

  • Making the case for inclusion of women

    There are 3.7 billion women in the world, but full inclusion of women still has not been achieved. No country in the world has full gender equality. At the present pace, it will take 120 years for women to achieve education, health, and political and economic parity with men. We pay a high price for inequality – as individuals, communities, countries, corporations. Now more than ever, we hold our institutions to account, ensuring that the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion is met by actual representation. Lina AbiRafeh brings experience and evidence to make the indisputable case for women’s inclusion.

  • Lead like a woman

    The world – and the challenges it brings – are not gender-neutral. Therefore, our leadership and solutions can not be gender-neutral. Lina AbiRafeh builds on decades of experience to bring an understanding of gendered impacts of various challenges and highlighting the gendered dynamics of leadership. Sharing her global experiences from over twenty countries, she makes the case for women in leadership as a driver of peace and progress.

  • Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive justice, Arab feminisms, the fight for women's equity in the Arab world, womens' bodily autonomy, women humanitarian aid workers, women in conflict, women peacemakers

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Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women; Global Women's Rights Expert

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Lina Abirafeh Biography

Lina AbiRafeh is committed to building a better world for women.

AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate with decades of experience worldwide. She creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges.

AbiRafeh worked for over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, and others. Her experience spans global organizations such as the World Bank and various United Nations agencies.

AbiRafeh advises several organizations and companies at a senior level. In addition, she is also 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. AbiRafeh is also the founder of Yalla, Feminists! an online space dedicated to amplifying women’s voices worldwide.

AbiRafeh was honored to be able to share her passion and experience in ending violence against women on global stages including her TEDx talk, WomenDeliver PowerTalk, keynote address for Swedish International Development Agency annual meeting, amongst others.

AbiRafeh completed her doctoral work from the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” in 2009, based on her PhD research. Her second book “Freedom on the Frontlines: Afghan Women and the Fallacy of Liberation” was released in February 2022. Her next book is underway.

AbiRafeh speaks and publishes frequently on a range of 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. AbiRafeh’s piece I Hate International Women’s Day has 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 others.

AbiRafeh sits on the board of numerous global women’s rights organizations including SheDecides, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Forced Migration Review, Society of Gender Professionals, Global Women’s Institute, and others. AbiRafeh has received various awards and recognitions including the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide in 2018 and 2019 and a Vital Voices fellowship for 2021 for outstanding women leaders. She was recognized by the Women’s Media Center as one of their Progressive Women’s Voices for 2021 and is featured in their database of experts. AbiRafeh is also a Women inPower fellow for 2022.

Lina Abirafeh Videos

  • Power Talks - Lina Abirafeh
    Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women, Lebanese American University Imagine a world where women’s bodily integrity...
  • Lina Abirafeh - Can Arab Cities be Safe Cities for Women?
    This presentation is a part of the 2018 Elimination of Violence Against Women Digital Conference, organised through Middlesex University Mauritius....
  • Women's safety in a violent world | Lina Abirafeh |...
    In humanitarian emergencies, like conflicts and natural disasters, violence against women increases. What does it take to ensure that women are safe?...

Lina Abirafeh Books

Lina Abirafeh Speaking Topics

  • Equality for women… what will it take?

    Women are half of the world’s population, but continue to be the majority of the world’s poor, kept from basic education, forced into marriage, marginalized in the working world, underrepresented in every aspect of public life, and denied rights to their own bodies and lives. Armed with shocking statistics and powerful anecdotes built from over two decades of firsthand experience in some of the world’s most challenging countries, Lina AbiRafeh makes a strong case for women – and how we all have a role to play in building a better world.

  • Making the case for inclusion of women

    There are 3.7 billion women in the world, but full inclusion of women still has not been achieved. No country in the world has full gender equality. At the present pace, it will take 120 years for women to achieve education, health, and political and economic parity with men. We pay a high price for inequality – as individuals, communities, countries, corporations. Now more than ever, we hold our institutions to account, ensuring that the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion is met by actual representation. Lina AbiRafeh brings experience and evidence to make the indisputable case for women’s inclusion.

  • Lead like a woman

    The world – and the challenges it brings – are not gender-neutral. Therefore, our leadership and solutions can not be gender-neutral. Lina AbiRafeh builds on decades of experience to bring an understanding of gendered impacts of various challenges and highlighting the gendered dynamics of leadership. Sharing her global experiences from over twenty countries, she makes the case for women in leadership as a driver of peace and progress.

  • Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive justice, Arab feminisms, the fight for women's equity in the Arab world, womens' bodily autonomy, women humanitarian aid workers, women in conflict, women peacemakers

FAQs on booking Lina Abirafeh

  • How to book Lina Abirafeh?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lina Abirafeh for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lina Abirafeh, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lina Abirafeh or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lina Abirafeh?

    Booking fees for Lina Abirafeh, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lina Abirafeh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lina Abirafeh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lina Abirafeh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lina Abirafeh for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lina Abirafeh or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lina Abirafeh or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lina Abirafeh is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Equality for women… what will it take?, Making the case for inclusion of women, Lead like a woman and Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive justice, Arab feminisms, the fight for women's equity in the Arab world, womens' bodily autonomy, women humanitarian aid workers, women in conflict, women peacemakers. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lina Abirafeh for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Lina Abirafeh generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kristalina Georgieva, Kate Gilmore, Karima Bennoune, Maria Toorpakai Wazir and Theo Sowa. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lina Abirafeh for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lina Abirafeh Speaker Videos

  • Power Talks - Lina Abirafeh
    Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women, Lebanese American University Imagine a world where women’s bodily integrity and autonomy was never questioned, where women no...
    Lina Abirafeh - Can Arab Cities be Safe Cities for Women?
    This presentation is a part of the 2018 Elimination of Violence Against Women Digital Conference, organised through Middlesex University Mauritius. For more information and more presentations, please...
  • Women's safety in a violent world | Lina Abirafeh | TEDxCoventGardenWomen
    In humanitarian emergencies, like conflicts and natural disasters, violence against women increases. What does it take to ensure that women are safe? Lina Abirafeh shares her big idea for taking on,...
    GBV in Haiti, Reflections by Lina Abirafeh
    Months after the earthquake in Haiti, the population is still vulnerable. One UN worker reflects on her experiences addressing gender-based violence in Haiti and shares her hopes for future...

Lina Abirafeh Speaking Topics

  • Equality for women… what will it take?

    Women are half of the world’s population, but continue to be the majority of the world’s poor, kept from basic education, forced into marriage, marginalized in the working world, underrepresented in every aspect of public life, and denied rights to their own bodies and lives. Armed with shocking statistics and powerful anecdotes built from over two decades of firsthand experience in some of the world’s most challenging countries, Lina AbiRafeh makes a strong case for women – and how we all have a role to play in building a better world.

  • Making the case for inclusion of women

    There are 3.7 billion women in the world, but full inclusion of women still has not been achieved. No country in the world has full gender equality. At the present pace, it will take 120 years for women to achieve education, health, and political and economic parity with men. We pay a high price for inequality – as individuals, communities, countries, corporations. Now more than ever, we hold our institutions to account, ensuring that the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion is met by actual representation. Lina AbiRafeh brings experience and evidence to make the indisputable case for women’s inclusion.

  • Lead like a woman

    The world – and the challenges it brings – are not gender-neutral. Therefore, our leadership and solutions can not be gender-neutral. Lina AbiRafeh builds on decades of experience to bring an understanding of gendered impacts of various challenges and highlighting the gendered dynamics of leadership. Sharing her global experiences from over twenty countries, she makes the case for women in leadership as a driver of peace and progress.

  • Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive justice, Arab feminisms, the fight for women's equity in the Arab world, womens' bodily autonomy, women humanitarian aid workers, women in conflict, women peacemakers

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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