Lina Abou-Habib is Executive Director of Women’s Learning Partnership, and Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action (CRTD-A), which promotes women’s leadership, political participation, and citizenship and economic rights in Lebanon and the MENA region. Abou-Habib is a co-founder and coordinator of the Machreq/Maghreb Gender Linking and Information Project. She has collaborated with a number of regional and international agencies, as well as public institutions, in mainstreaming gender in development policies and practices and in building capacities for gender mainstreaming. She is a former chair of the board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), and she currently is a MENA advisor for the Global Fund for Women and on the editorial board of Oxfam’s journal, Gender and Development. Abou Habib is a PhD candidate at the Auckland University of Technology. Her interest areas include 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 and their political participation, invisible care work, economic contribution in rural communities and access to markets, faith based organizations, migrant women, and women in post-war Lebanon.
Abou-Habib’s selected research publications include the articles “Access of rural women’s cooperatives to markets in Lebanon: Barriers, enablers and options for action”, in Gender Research in Natural Resources Management, Routledge, 2013; “The right to have rights: active citizenship and gendered social entitlements in Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine”, in the Gender and Development Journal, Volume 19, Number 3, November 2011; “Gender and Citizenship Rights: The case of the Arab Region,” in the Gender and Development Journal, January 2004, Oxford, UK; “ CEDAW in the Arab World: An International Yet Unbinding Treaty”, in In Brief Gender & Development Bridge Bulletin, issue 10, March 2002, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK; “Family Laws and Gender Discrimination : Advocacy for Legal Reforms in the Arab World” in Gender Perspectives on Property & Inheritance; A Global Sourcebook, Critical Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies Series, The Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands, 2001; “Advocacy around disability and reconciliation in the midst of war. An experience from Lebanon,” RRN Newsletter, February 99 issue, UK; “Regionalisation and furthering gender in Oxfam Programme in the Middle East & Maghreb”, by Omar Traboulsi & Lina Abu-Habib, in Gender Works, Oxfam’s Experience in Policy & Practice, June 1999; ‘The Uses & Abuses of Female Migrant Workers from Sri Lanka in Lebanon’ in Gender & Development, Volume 6, number 1, March 1998; ‘Mainstreaming Gender in Development NGOs: Experiences from Lebanon’ in Bridgelist, March 1998; “Gender & Disability: Women’s Experience in the Middle East’, Gender and Development, an Oxfam (UKI) Publication, September 1997; “Overview of Gender Training in the Middle East’ in Gender Training, the Source Book, a publication of the Royal Tropical Institute, Holland, May 1998; “Caught between two fires: the civilian population in South Lebanon” in Refugees Participation Network (University of Oxford) , September 1997; “Education of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: A lost generation” in Refugees Participation Network (University of Oxford), May 1996 and “Women & Disability don’t Mix!” in Gender & Development, March 1995.