Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:00 PM
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About the Speaker:
Lina Abirafeh is a gender and development practitioner and researcher with 13 years of experience ranging from donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to large international organizations in countries such as Afghanistan. Sierra Leone, Morocco, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, and Haiti. Dr. Abirafeh recently visited Haiti where she served as the gender-based violence coordinator for the United Nations Humanitarian Response. In this capacity, she coordinated the gender-based violence sub-cluster. Bringing over 500 members together to address prevention of and response to gender-based violence in post-earthquake Haiti.
In Papua New Guinea, Dr. Abirafeh was the Senior Gender and Social Development Advisor for AusAID's PNG-Australia HIV&AIDS Program to provide training, technical assistance, and capacity building in gender approaches for local, national, and regional partners and stakeholder groups, focusing on the intersection of gender-based violence and HIV&AIDS.
In Sierra Leone, Dr. Abirafeh worked on building the capacity of sexual assault referral centers in the country to address the needs of women survivors of violence. In Afghanistan, she set up an international NGO to provide basic services, rights training and skills training for over 3000 Afghan women.
In 2008, Dr. Abirafeh completed her Ph.D. under the auspices of the London School of Economic Institute of Development studies, researching the effects of gender-focused internal aid in conflict and post-conflict contexts, with a specific focus on gender-based violence. She has published much of his work in various books and journals. Her book, "Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention" was published in 2009.
Dr. Abirafeh has conducted various research trips to Sudan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Uganda on various gender issues. She spent four years the the World Bank in Washington D.C. and received her Masters Degree in International Economics and Development from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Internal Studies (SAIS).