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Mona Chemali Khalaf

Economist and Independent Consultant on Gender and Development Issues

Mona Chemali Khalaf is an economist and an independent consultant on gender and development issues. She is a formerProfessor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis Initiative (GERPA), established by the World Bank and CAWTAR in 2006. She is a member of the editorial board of Al-Raida, a quarterly magazine dealing with women’s issues in the Arab world. Previously she was a member of the Lebanese NGO Commission for the Preparation of the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, the Lebanese National Commission for Women Affairs (1996-1999), and the Board of Trustees of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), 1996-1999. She was the senior coordinator of the Basic Living Skills Program (2003), a non-formal integrated educational kit in Arabic, geared towards illiterate and semi-literate women in the Arab world. She has written extensively about women, gender, economics, and the labor market. Her research presently focuses on migration and women.

Research Project: Exploring the migration of young Lebanese couples to the Arab Gulf,  the reasons behind it and its impact on the various members of the family.

Selected Publications:

  • “Lebanon” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (in press);
  • “Lebanon” in Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Freedom House (2010);
  • Women’s Control over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) (2009);
  • “Male Migration and the Lebanese Family: The Impact on the Wife Left Behind”, The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (special issue on War and Transnational Families), Fall 2009.
  • Evaluating the Status of Lebanese Women in light of the Beijing Platform for Action, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Arab State Regional Office (both in English and Arabic), 2002.
  • “Women in Post War Lebanon”, in Kail, C. Ellis, Lebanon’s Second Republic, Prospects for the Twenty-first Century, University Press of Florida, 2002.
  • “Women’s Studies: Middle East and North Africa”, in Routledge International Encyclopedia for Women, Vol. 4, 2000.

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