Vision, Mission & Values


Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy aims to generate positive change for girls and women worldwide. I strive for a world where human rights are respected and where all forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) and girls, including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, are being eliminated.


In pursuit of this vision, my mission is to contribute towards ending all forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) and girls, including FGM/C, by sharing knowledge and expertise, conducting research, educating students, raising awareness, developing strategies to eliminate VAW and by monitoring & implementation of projects on girl’s and women’s rights, always in partnership with key stakeholders including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, governments, civil society and universities.



I deliver high quality work and I strive to continuously learn and grow. The following values and principles are at the core of my work:

  • Passion & Ambition
  • Excellence
  • Impartiality & Independence
  • Integrity
  • Creative & Innovative

I am committed to the highest standards of professionalism, accountability and transparency in all of my work. I strive for honest and respectful communication with everyone. I share knowledge and ideas, listen carefully to others, and value diversity. With my work, I try to inspire people and be inspired, in order to be able to serve as a catalyst for change and to be able to make a difference for girls and women worldwide.

About me

Dr. Annemarie Middelburg is a passionate consultant from the Netherlands with unique expertise on women’s rights and the practice Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).

Annemarie has a background in International Public Law & Human Rights. She received her LLM degree at Tilburg University, where she also completed the Research Master in Law (both cum laude). She obtained her PhD with a thesis entitled ‘Empty Promises? Compliance with the Human Rights Framework in relation to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Senegal’. Her PhD research was interdisciplinary in nature as it involved law, political science and anthropology. In 2015, she founded her own company Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy (MHRLC) and started to work as an independent consultant. She had assignments for the United Nations, European Union, civil society organizations and universities. She finds it important to frequently travel to the field: she has visited over 20 African countries in the past years. She was recently in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Mauritius for different assignments. She has authored and co-authored numerous academic, EU and UN publications on the topic of FGM/C, other forms of Violence Against Women (VAW), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and human rights law more in general. At this website, you find more information about her, including her CV. Read here what people say about her and her work.

Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy is a member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), a member of the Netherlands Jurists Committee for Human Rights (NJCM) and a member of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden.

Organizations I have worked with and for

Recent posts

December 5, 2018

Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture in The Hague

The 29th of November 2018, I attended the Fourth Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture that took place at the Academy...

November 28, 2018

Completing the course ‘Social Norms, Social Change’

The 24th of November 2018, I successfully completed the course ‘Social Norms, Social Change’ of the University of Pennsylvania...

November 27, 2018

1st Violence Against Women Conference in Mauritius

The 23rd of November 2018, I presented at the ‘1st Elimination of Violence Against Women Conference’ organized by Middlesex University...