Name: Madeleine Rees
Position: Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Madeleine became certified as a lawyer in 1990. Four years later, she became a partner in a large law firm in the UK specializing in discrimination law, particularly in the area of employment, and public and administrative law. 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. 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 in post conflict situations.
Madeleine has been leading WILPF for 11 months as Secretary General and speaking at numerous conferences. Read WILPF statements online.
The following video is about an upcoming movie "The Whistleblower" which premiers this summer. Madeleine Rees is portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave in Laryssa Kondracki's film "The Whistleblower," about Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac's experience in Bosnia uncovering sex trafficking.
Stay in tune for next month's Who's Who featuring another key WILPF member!