Lilia Labidi took over as Minister of Woman Affairs in the new government of National Unity cabinet in January 2011, following the overthrow of the old regime.
An anthropologist by profession, Labidi holds a doctorate in psychology and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Paris.
Prior to taking up her post in the new government, Labidi was a lecturer and researcher in clinical psychology at the Faculty of Science in Tunis. She is also a lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center at the University of Washington.
As the author of several books and articles on sexuality, violence against women and the oral history of the feminist movement in the Arab world, Labidi is considered to be an expert in the development of women’s rights in the Arab world.
Labidi is also an active member of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development and was a member of the steering committee in 1989.title