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


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, developing country 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
  • Respect

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 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. In the past years, she had assignments for the United Nations, European Union, civil society organizations and universities. She frequently travels to the field and has visited over 20 African countries. She was recently in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Israel and Maurititus for different assignments. She moderates sessions at international conferences and 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

November 6, 2018

Business trip to Israel

From the 29th of October until the 4th of November 2018, I was in Israel for a business trip....

October 22, 2018

Presentation 1st Violence Against Women Conference in Mauritius

The 20th of October, I had an appointment with Lennart Films to record a presentation. My abstract was selected for...

October 15, 2018

Conference on Youth Engagement to End FGM in Brussels

The 11th of October 2018, at the International Day of the Girl Child, a lunchtime conference was organized in Brussels...