Mission, vision & values

VISION

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 all forms of violence against women and girls (including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting) are being eliminated.

MISSION

In pursuit of this vision, the mission of MHRLC is to contribute towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls (including FGM/C) by sharing knowledge and expertise, conducting research, educating students, raising awareness and implementing projects, including lobby & advocacy for girls’ rights, always in partnership with key stakeholders like the United Nations, African Union, European Union, governments, civil society and universities.

 

VALUES

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

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

I strive to continuously learn and grow. I deliver high quality work. 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.

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 also completed the Research Master in Law (cum laude) at Tilburg/Leuven University (Belgium). 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 research is interdisciplinary as it involves law, political science and anthropology. 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, Amnesty International) and several universities (University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Trisakti University). She was recently in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Ghana for different assignments. She has many publications on her name on the topic of FGM/C, other forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) 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

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

Zero Tolerance Day 2018

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