The Arab Institute for Women (AiW) is now accepting applications for New York City-based internships in:
— Development: fundraising, grant writing, and preparations for the 50th anniversary of the organization.
— Communications: brand development, social media, event promotion, research support for op-eds
— Strategic Partnerships: Identify other organizations to collaborate with, networking
— Research and research support: Identify key scholars conducting relevant research, research for AiW publications.
AiW is flexible in matching their needs to student interests and skills, and open with regard to start date.
About the Arab Institute for Women
The Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab region – and one of the first globally. The Institute advances women’s rights and gender equality in the region and globally, operating at the intersection of academia and activism. In education, the Institutes creates and supports programming such as an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and its unique Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate for practitioners. AiW research works toward social and policy change through its bi-annual journal Al-Raida (The Female Pioneer) and Country Gender Profiles, amongst other products. The Institute’s sustainable development projects are community-based efforts to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Examples include Qudwa (Role Model), the Institute’s signature program, which provides life-skills training for vulnerable women. AiW promotes gender equality, human rights, and social justice through outreach events such as an annual international conference and activism to promote social change and policy change for women in the region. AiW’s animated song on gender equality – In My Hand, Bi Ideh in Arabic – engages youth as champions using a lighthearted approach that sets a precedent for the region. Every year, the Institute and partners organize a student art and video competition in honor of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. The winners for the last three years include Haqqik (2018), Misplaced Guilt (2017), and Covering Up (2016). AiW is also committed to engaging the LAU community in the work of the Institute to foster a university culture of gender equality and human rights. Examples include on-campus activism, student writing and video competitions, and the monthly speaking series Food 4 Thought.
About Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director
Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director of AiW since 2015, brings a strong feminist activist orientation to the Institute. Prior to joining AiW, Lina spent over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts, working with the United Nations and other international organizations in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and others. Her specific expertise is in gender-based violence prevention and response, summarized by her 2015 TEDx talk. Lina completed her doctoral work from the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” based on her research. She speaks and publishes frequently on a range of gender issues such as gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, what’s holding Arab women back from equality, bodily integrity and autonomy, women in conflict – for instance in Sudan and Yemen, and so on. Lina also is active on Twitter. Lina is a board member of various organizations including SheDecides, Forced Migration Review, and Greenpeace MENA, amongst others. In 2018, Lina was listed as one of the Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People in Global Policy – one of only two Arabs to make the list. She received this honor again in 2019 from over 9000 nominations.