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Fatima Sbaity Kassem


Fatima Sbaity Kassem is Former Director, UN-Centre for Women, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in Baghdad, Amman, and Beirut. She is a freelance consultant on gender and women’s issues in the Arab countries. She is an author and editor of numerous studies, articles and publications on developments in the status of women; feminization of poverty; implementation of CEDAW; and the history of women’s movements in Arab countries. Her main research focus is on the interconnections of religion, women, and political parties. She is a member of numerous professional associations and advisory boards, including the American Political Science Association; Association of Lebanese Women Researchers (Al-Bahithat); Board of Trustees, Centre of Arab Women for Training & Research (CAWTAR); Advisory Board, Arab Human Development Report 2005. She was cited in the 56th edition of Who’s Who in America in 2002.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Development Administration from the American University of Beirut. She also holds a master’s in International Economics; an M. Phil. degree in Political Economy; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on Party Variation in Religiosity & Women’s Leadership: Lebanon in Comparative Perspective.