Haifa’s doctoral research (Paris Descartes University – Sorbonne, 2008) centered on a comparative analysis of bodily and movement issues among women of Arabic-Muslim culture involved in departments of sport and physical education in France and Tunisia. From 2009 to 2012, she conducted research with Pr. Geneviève Rail (at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal) on a project focusing on Quebecois Maghrebi women’s bodily discourses. More specifically, they looked at how women who emigrated from the Maghreb to Montreal discursively construct their body and their health in the context of hegemonic obesity discourses. She used feminist poststructuralist and postcolonial approaches that pushed to give voice to women. Since 2013, she used this methodological framework in order to co-construct recommendations with/by/for different discriminated populations in France: (1) French young women in underprivileged neighborhoods : Why don't young girls want to practice sports? (2013-16, Paris Descartes University & UFOLEP); (2) Children in Paris & neighborhoods, their construction of health and physical activities (2016-18, Paris Descartes University & Play International NGO) and (3) Since 2019, she has been working with NGOs (Fare Network - Football Against Racism in Europe ; Women Win NGO - Girls and Women Empowerment through Sport and Alliance Citoyenne in France) for supporting hijabis women who want to play football games in competition and enabling the sports practice for all women without discrimination. Since then, she has accompanied Les Hijabeuses in an Action Research - Mobilization, allows with methodology to sensitize and bring together women with stakeholders to move towards a real feminization of soccer without excluding any woman and to change exclusionary regulations in France.
muslim women - sport - Construction of Health - Action Research - Moibilization