Mission, vision & values


Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy (MHRLC) aims to generate positive change for girls and women worldwide. MHRLC strives for a world where human rights are respected and where Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and other forms of violence against women and girls are being eliminated.


In pursuit of this vision, my mission is to contribute towards ending FGM/C by sharing my knowledge and experience, conducting research, educating, raising awareness and advocacy on FGMC and other forms of violence against women and girls, always in partnership with key stakeholders like the United Nations, European Union, governments, civil society and universities.


I place the following values and principles at the core of my work:

  • Passion & Ambition
  • Excellence
  • Impartiality & Independence
  • Creativity
  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Respect
  • Promotion of human rights and gender equality

I am committed to the highest standards of professionalism, accountability and transparency in all of my work. 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 make a difference.

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 studied International Public Law & Human Rights at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (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’. In 2015, she founded her own company Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy and started to work as an independent consultant. In the past years she had assignments for the United Nations (UNFPA), European Union (EIGE), civil society organizations (Save the Children, Defence for Children – ECPAT International, Forward UK, END FGM European Network) and several universities (in Amsterdam, Brussels, Jakarta). She was recently in Senegal, Burkina Faso and Kenya for different assignments. She has many publications on her name on the topic of FGM/C and other harmful practices. She also empowers girls and women who are victim of FGM/C in many different ways.  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) and a member of the Netherlands Jurists Committee for Human Rights (NJCM).

Organizations I have worked with and for

Recent posts

February 12, 2018

Interview NPO Radio 1

The 6th of February 2018, I was interviewed by NPO Radio 1 during the morning programme ‘this is the night’ (dit...

February 10, 2018

UNFPA Publication on Legal Frameworks on FGM in Selected Countries in West Africa

At the 6th of February 2018, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C, UNFPA Regional Office for West and Central...

February 6, 2018

Presentation Zero Tolerance Day 2018

Today, the 6th of February 2018, marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C. We had a very...