Our team

Our Team


Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director
Ext. 1359
E-mail: lina.abirafeh@lau.edu.lb

Dr. Lina Abirafeh joined the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) in 2015. She brings nearly 20 years of experience addressing gender issues in both development and humanitarian settings. Her focus is on gender-based violence in emergency settings - conflict, post-conflict, and natural disaster. She has worked with many UN agencies and international NGOs in countries such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Lebanon, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, amongst others. Dr. Abirafeh has also conducted research trips to Bangladesh, Fiji, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda on various gender issues and has published much of this work in books and journals. Her work is summarized in her 2015 TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krSG-RtiWUA

Dr. Abirafeh completed her PhD in 2008 under the auspices of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Department of International Development, researching the effects of gender-focused international aid in conflict and post-conflict contexts, with a specific focus on gender-based violence. Her book, “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention”, published in 2009, is available at: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4519-6 . She received her Master’s degree in international economics and development from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

About the Staff

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Myriam Sfeir Murad, Director
Ext. 1288
E-mail: myriam.sfeir@lau.edu.lb

Myriam Sfeir joined the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) in 1996. She is currently the Director of AiW. Previously she served as senior managing editor of Al-Raida, the double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by AiW. She has worked on several groundbreaking issues of Al-Raida that dealt with various subjects considered taboo in the Arab world (sexuality, honor killings, incarcerated women, homosexuality, etc.). She has also worked extensively on issues related to gender rights and has organized several conferences, film festivals, and lectures at LAU. Myriam is knowledgeable on issues related to human rights, gender-based violence, and sexuality. Myriam earned her Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut and her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.


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Carol Khater, Lead Gender Development Projects Coordinator
Ext. 1259
E-mail: carol.khater@lau.edu.lb

Carol Khater is the Lead Gender Development Projects Coordinator at AiW, and works on the Institute’s development projects by conducting training sessions on the use of the Basic Living Skills and the Empowerment of Arab Women through Literacy programs. She is also involved in the development projects that are implemented in the women prisons in Lebanon. Carol is also responsible for organizing some of AiW’s activities and events (lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtables, international women’s day, awareness-raising campaigns). She also represents AiW in national and regional conferences and training workshops related to the field of social work and women’s rights. Carol joined the Institute in 2001 as a student assistant and became a full-time staff member in 2008. She obtained her BA in Social Work and her MA in Education from LAU.


Joanna Fayad, Lead Gender Integration Specialist
Ext. 1106
E-mail: joanna.fayad@lau.edu.lb

Joanna Fayad is the Lead Gender Integration Specialist at AiW, and works on mainstreaming gender at LAU by conducting different activities to engage students in gender-related issues. She also coordinates and manages AiW projects related to human rights and women’s political participation. Joanna is also responsible for organizing some of AiW’s activities and events (lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtables, awareness-raising campaigns). Joanna has previous experience working in research, development, and political issues (namely elections) between 2014 and 2016 in different Lebanese organizations. Joanna joined the Institute in 2017. She obtained her BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from Saint-Joseph University and her MA in Diplomacy and Negotiation Strategies from Sagesse University.



Moufeeda Haidar, Gender Integration Specialist
Ext. 1275
E-mail: moufeeda.haidar@lau.edu.lb

Moufeeda Haidar is the Gender Integration Specialist at AiW. She handles the communication aspect at AiW working on its social media platforms and the website. Moufeeda is also responsible for organizing AiW’s outreach activities and events. She also represents AiW in conferences focusing on building and strengthening the relationship between AiW and national and international partners. Moufeeda joined the Institute in 2015. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Lebanese University.