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Lilia Labidi

Global Fellow


September 2, 2014 — December 30, 2019

Professional affiliation

Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Minister for Women’s Affairs (January to December 2011), Government of Tunisia
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Wilson Center Projects

“Arab Women Scientists at Home and Abroad: Practice, Representation and Social Justice.”

Full Biography

Lilia Labidi, an anthropologist and psychologist, is the author of many publications on the Arab world, treating subjects such as the history of the feminist movement, psychology and sexuality, the construction of identity, attitudes towards death, among others.  She has also organized a number of national and international conferences and exhibitions on gender issues. 

She has been professor at the University of Tunis where, among other activities, she directed a program on The Construction of Public Morality in the Arab World and Africa(Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt).  She has occupied positions in universities in France, Egypt, the US, Switzerland, and Singapore, and is co-founder and active member of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research  and Development  (AFTURD) and the Tunisian Association for Health Psychology (TAHP/ATPS). 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.

Major Publications

2009 Joudhour al-harakat al-nisa’iyya: riwayaat li-shakhsiyyaat tarikhiyya [Origins of feminist movements in Tunisia: personal history narratives]. Tunis:Imprimerie Tunis Carthage. (3rd edition).

2014 “Political, aesthetic, and ethical positions of Tunisian women artists, 2011 – 2013.” Journal of North African Studies 19(2), March 2014, special issue on Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring

2007 “Islamic law, feminism, and family. The reformulation of Hudud in Egypt and Tunisia.” In Moghadam, V.(ed.) From patriarchy to empowerment: women’s participation, movements, and rights in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, pp. 278-292

Previous Terms

Global Fellow, Oct 2013-Oct 2015 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"