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Lilia Labidi

Global Fellow
Middle East Program

Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Provisional Government of Tunisia
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2014

Lilia Labidi, a Tunisian anthropologist and psychologist, has been professor at the University of Tunis and co-founder of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research  and Development  (AFTURD) and the Tunisian Association for Health Psychology.  She is the author of many publications on the Arab world, treating subjects such as the feminist movement, the construction of identity, attitudes toward death, the aftermath of the Arab spring.  From January to December 2011 Labidi was Minister for Women’s Affairs in the provisional Tunisian government, following the fall of the Ben Ali regime.       

She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study(Princeton) and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars(Washington, DC) and has been visiting professor at the American University in Cairo(Egypt) and at Yale University(USA).  She is currently Visiting Research Professor at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, working on Arab women scientists and on the current situation in the Arab world.

Major Publications

  • Origines des mouvements féministes en Tunisie (in Arabic), 1990.
  • Cabra Hachma: sexualité et tradition. 1989.
  • From Sexual Submission to Voluntary Commitment: The Transformation of Family Ties in Tunisia. Cairo Papers in Social Science, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2001.
Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
Fellow, Sep 1, 2001 - May 1, 2002, "The Construction of Public Morality in the Arab World and Africa: Four Case Studies and Their Policy Implications"

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