WILPF Secretary General

Ms Madeleine Rees

Madeleine qualified as a lawyer in 1990 and became a partner in a large law firm in the UK in 1994 specializing in discrimination law, particularly in the area of employment, and public and administrative law and she did work on behalf of both the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission mainly on developing strategies to establish rights under domestic law through the identification of test cases to be brought before the courts. Madeleine brought cases both to the European Court of Human Rights and The European Court in Luxembourg. She was cited as one of the leading lawyers in the field of discrimination in the Chambers directory of British lawyers. In 1998 she began working for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as the gender expert and Head of Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In that capacity she worked extensively on the rule of law, gender and post conflict, transitional justice and the protection of social and economic rights. The Office in Bosnia was the first to take a case of rendition to Guantanamo before a court. The OHCHR office dealt extensively with the issue of trafficking and Madeleine was a member of the expert coordination group of the trafficking task force of the Stability Pact, thence the Alliance against Trafficking. From September 2006 to April 2010 she was the head of the Women`s rights and gender unit. For the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, focusing on using law to describe the different experiences of men and women, particularly post conflict. The aim was to better understand and interpret the concept of Security using human rights law as complementary to humanitarian law and how to make the human rights machinery more responsive and therefore more effective from a gender perspective.

WILPF International Board

Executive Committee

International President:
Adilia Caravaca (Costa Rica)

Vice Presidents:
Martha Jean Baker (United Kingdom); martha@uslawyersuk.co.uk
Kerstin Grebäck (Sweden); Kerstin.Greback@wilpf.ch
Neelima Sinha (India)

Treasurer:
Nancy Ramsden (USA); nancy.ramsden@wilpf.ch

International Board:

Albania
Tatiana Kurtiqi
tkurtiqi(a)hotmail.com

Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Joan Macdonald
joanmac(a)pl.net

Australia
Lyn Lane
lynjlane(a)gmail.com

Bolivia
Katya Patino
kattylimpal(a)hotmail.com

Colombia
Amparo Elisa Guerrero
amparoelisa(a)hotmail.com

Costa Rica
Estilita Grimalde
estilita8(a)gmail.com

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Annie Matundu-Mbama
amatmbambi(a)yahoo.fr

Denmark
Ida Harslöf (IB)
ida.harslof(a)hotmail.com

Finland
Paula Sams-Nurmentaus
p_sams(a)hotmail.com

France
Eugenie Dossa
eugenie.dossa(a)wanadoo.fr

French Polynesia
Roti Make
rotimake(a)yahoo.fr

Germany
Heidi Meinzolt
heidi(a)meinzolt.de

India
Krishna Ahoojapatel
ahoojapatel(a)gmail.com

Italy
Annalisa Milani
annalisamilani(a)hotmail.com

Japan
Kozue Akibayashi
akibaya(a)ir.ritsumei.ac.jp

Mexico
Elizabeth Ballen Guachata
ballen.elizabeth(a)gmail.com

Nepal
Nirmala Sitoula
nirmalasitoala(a)hotmail.com

Netherlands
Inge Stemmler
info(a)genderbudgeting.nl

Nigeria
Adanna Anyasodo
annebaldwina(a)yahoo.com

Norway
Mari Holmboe Ruge
mruge(a)online.no

Pakistan
Rehana Hashmi
Contact secretariat for contact details.

Palestine
Hannan Awwad
wilpf-palestine(a)hotmail.com

Philippines
Rosario T. Padilla
rosariotpadilla(a)yahoo.com

Spain
Manuela Mesa
mmesa(a)ceipaz.org

Sweden
Emma Rosengren
emma.rosengren(a)ikff.se

Switzerland
Helena Nyberg
textart(a)windowslive.com

United Kingdom
Lorraine Mirham
lorrainewilpf(a)gmail.com

United States
Catia Confortini
catiacc(a)gmail.com