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 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 and by monitoring & implementation of projects on girl’s and women’s rights, always in partnership with key stakeholders like the United Nations, African Union, 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
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Promotion of human rights & gender equality

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

June 27, 2018

Summer School on ‘the Immigrant Child’ at Leiden University

From the 18th until the 29th of June 2018, a Summer School entitled ‘The Immigrant Child: Challenges and opportunities...

May 16, 2018

Case note UN Child Rights Committee published

In May 2018, my case note was published in Jurisprudentie Vreemdelingenrecht, a Dutch journal that publishes on asylum and refugee...

April 12, 2018

Article in De Volkskrant

The 10th of April 2018, an article was published in a well-known Dutch daily morning newspaper (De Volkskrant). A...