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Lina Abirafeh

Lina AbiRafeh, PhD is a global women’s rights expert – speaker, advisor, author, academic, humanitarian aid worker – with 26 years of experience in over 20 countries worldwide. Lina is also the Senior Advisor for Global Women’s Rights at the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, where she served as Executive Director for seven years. Lina speaks and publishes extensively. Her third book “Yalla Feminists: Arab Rights and Resistance” (co-authored with Rebecca O’Keeffe) will be released in late 2023.

Articles by Lina Abirafeh

Anas-Mohammed
08 December 2023

No freedom without reproductive freedom for Palestinian women

Conflict everywhere is a reproductive health and justice issue. This reality is acutely felt in Palestine, where women have faced barriers and systematic denial to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights since long before Israel’s declaration of war on the Gaza Strip in October. The consequences of this essential health care service denial exhibit gendered patterns disproportionately impacting aspects of women's sexual and reproductive health, such as pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation, contraceptive access and bodily autonomy.   To be a woman in Gaza right now is to have your basic needs – and your life – relegated to the backseat. It’s not a coincidence that the vast majority of the more than 17,000 deaths in Gaza so far are women and children. The systematic denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Palestine - and the urgency in integrating these services into broader humanitarian responses in Gaza and the West Bank - is a crucial point of discussion.   Palestinians have long been systematically denied their sexual and reproductive health and rights  Prior to 7 October, around 94,000 Palestinian women lacked access to sexual and reproductive health services, as reported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Likewise, the UN had previously stated that restricted movement adversely affects maternity services, influences decisions regarding labor induction and c-sections, and deters postnatal care-seeking due to travel challenges. 

Anas-Mohammed
08 December 2023

No freedom without reproductive freedom for Palestinian women

Conflict everywhere is a reproductive health and justice issue. This reality is acutely felt in Palestine, where women have faced barriers and systematic denial to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights since long before Israel’s declaration of war on the Gaza Strip in October. The consequences of this essential health care service denial exhibit gendered patterns disproportionately impacting aspects of women's sexual and reproductive health, such as pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation, contraceptive access and bodily autonomy.   To be a woman in Gaza right now is to have your basic needs – and your life – relegated to the backseat. It’s not a coincidence that the vast majority of the more than 17,000 deaths in Gaza so far are women and children. The systematic denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Palestine - and the urgency in integrating these services into broader humanitarian responses in Gaza and the West Bank - is a crucial point of discussion.   Palestinians have long been systematically denied their sexual and reproductive health and rights  Prior to 7 October, around 94,000 Palestinian women lacked access to sexual and reproductive health services, as reported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Likewise, the UN had previously stated that restricted movement adversely affects maternity services, influences decisions regarding labor induction and c-sections, and deters postnatal care-seeking due to travel challenges.