The Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro Show

November 18 2022

Episode 68 — This week on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet Lina AbiRafeh, a global women’s rights expert, author, and speaker who creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges

The Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro Show
The Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro Show
Episode 68 — This week on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet Lina AbiRafeh, a global women’s rights expert, author, and speaker who creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges
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A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro — I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of my podcast and video show, Margaritas with Marguerita, where for 15 minutes, we learn from industry experts how to flex our financial muscles.

Today’s topic: How to create innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges

Rita asks Lina:

  1. How did you start? What ignited your activism for women’s rights?
  2. What does the world look like for women?
  3. What are the most pressing issues for women right now?
  4. How does the US compare to other countries?
  5. What was the drive behind writing your 1st and 2nd books?
  6. What is this next book about?
  7. What are your plans going forward?
  8. What can other people do to get involved?

Meet our guest: Lina AbiRafeh is committed to building a better world for women. A global women’s rights expert, author, and speaker with decades of experience, she creates innovative solutions to global women’s rights challenges.

Lina worked for over 20 years as a humanitarian aid worker in contexts such as Afghanistan, Haiti, the Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, and others. Lina now works independently and advises organizations and companies in enhancing their engagement with women’s rights and gender equality. She serves as 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 is also the founder of Yalla, Feminists!, an online space and open platform dedicated to amplifying women’s voices worldwide.

She was honored to be able to share her passion and experience in ending violence against women on global stages, including her TEDx talk, Women Deliver PowerTalk, and keynote address for the Swedish International Development Agency annual meeting, amongst others. Lina completed her doctoral work at the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” in 2009, based on her Ph.D. research. Her second book, “Freedom on the Frontlines: Afghan Women and the Fallacy of Liberation,” was released in 2022. Her next book outlines fifty years of Arab feminism and will be published in spring 2023.

Lina speaks and frequently publishes on various gender issues, such as the need for a feminist response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Arab women and girls. She believes women’s leadership is the strongest vehicle for peace and sustainable development. Lina’s piece I Hate International Women’s Day was among many that resonated with women’s rights activists worldwide. Her work in support of women in Afghanistan was featured on CNN, leading to a live CNN interview on this topic. She continues to advocate for women’s rights worldwide, with appearances on France24, CNN Greece, BBC, Good Morning America, and others.

Lina serves on the board of numerous global women’s rights organizations, including SheDecides, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Women Deliver Conference 2023, Forced Migration Review, Society of Gender Professionals, Global Women’s Institute, and others. She has received various awards and recognitions, including the Gender Equality Top 100 worldwide in 2018 and 2019 and a Vital Voices fellowship for 2021 for outstanding women leaders. She was recognized by the Women’s Media Center as one of their Progressive Women’s Voices for 2021 and is featured in its database of experts. Lina is also a Women in Power fellow for 2022. Learn more at LinaAbiRafeh.com.

Learn more about Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: MargueritaCheng.com • Listen to Rita’s podcasts on www.MargueritaChengRadio.com • Watch all of the video interviews on: www.MargueritaCheng.tv

Your Host: Marguerita Cheng, CFP® is the CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth, a Washington, DC-based firm that focuses on helping women, and their families, achieve financial success.

About Margaritas with Marguerita: Every Friday evening at 5pm EST, we start the weekend off right with 15 minutes of financial tips by Rita to help women flex their financial muscles. Based on the information from Rita’s upcoming book, “Diary of a CFP® Pro,” the show is also part of a monthly webinar series you won’t want to miss. Learn more at MargueritaCheng.com and watch all of her interviews on MargueritaCheng.tv. 

Questions about your financial future? Send Rita an email.

Photo by Sarina Y Haryanto

Upcoming Podcasts

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Thursday, November 17th, 2022

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Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Join us for this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet our guest — John O’Connell, author, “Rise of the Activist Investor”

Join us: Dec. 23, 2022 at 10 AM Eastern A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro — I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of my podcast and video show, Margaritas with Marguerita, where for 15 minutes, we learn from industry experts how to flex our financial muscles. Today’s Topic: Sustainable investing and the rise of the activist investor featuring author John O’Connell Rita asks John:  What is an activist investor? What changes are coming together to cause a riseClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Join us for this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet our guest — Akeiva M. Ellis, MSFP, CPA/PFS, CFP®, ChSNC®

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Join us for this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet our guest — Carol Cho, CLU®, ChFC®, who is obsessed with helping her clients unravel and demystify financial planning through education

Join us: Friday, Dec. 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM Eastern A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro — I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of my podcast and video show, Margaritas with Marguerita, where for 15 minutes, we learn from industry experts how to flex our financial muscles. Today’s topic: Mastering the art of financial planning Rita asks: Tell me about your background in the industry. What makes you good at what you do? What are some importantClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Join us for episode 68 of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet our guest — Pamela Jackson Sams, a strong voice in personal finance for women

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Join us for this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: Meet our guest — Jeannie Dougherty, certified money and mental fitness coach

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

VegTech Invest CEO Elysabeth Alfano, host of the Plant-based Business Hour, teaches us about EATV — today on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro

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Friday, September 16th, 2022

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Friday, September 2nd, 2022

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Saturday, July 16th, 2022

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Friday, July 15th, 2022

Episode 63 — Financial planning is for everyone! Tedla “Ted” Mekonnen explains how this is not only possible, but essential, today on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro!

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Episode 62 — College + Divorce: What do you need to know? Expert Vicki Vollweilder, founder of College Financial Prep, offers insights today on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro

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Monday, June 20th, 2022

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Friday, May 27th, 2022

Episode 60: Are Emerging Markets still worth an allocation? To find out, don’t miss today’s interview on Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro with Perth Tolle, founder of Life + Liberty Indexes

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Friday, May 27th, 2022

Episode 59: Are you ready to put your philanthropic heart to work? Join us for this week’s episode of Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro starring Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Seattle Foundation

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