About Us

The Women, Peace and Security Programme (PeaceWomen) was founded in 2000 to strengthen women’s rights and participation in international peace and security efforts.

It promotes feminist peace by strengthening women’s meaningful participation, transforming gendered power, and bridging local gender conflict analysis with global efforts to implement a holistic WPS Agenda. This builds on WILPF’s overall priorities of addressing root causes of violence with a feminist lens and mobilising for non-violent action.  

Based in the New York Office of WILPF, PeaceWomen facilitates monitoring of the United Nations system, with a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, engages in advocacy work to strengthen the implementation across the UN system and provides effective outreach and capacity building to amplify and support local gendered conflict analysis and expertise.  

Our Team

Meet our staff team and leadership below.

Meet our current fellows and learn about the fellowship/internship programme here>>>

Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary General 

secretariat (@) wilpf.ch                         

Madeleine Rees qualified as a lawyer in 1990 and became a partner in a large law firm in the UK in 1994 specialising in discrimination law, particularly in the area of employment, and public and administrative law and she worked 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 Rees 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 OHCHR 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 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.         


Ashish Mahajan, WILPF UN Office Manager 

amahajan (@) wilpf.ch

Ashish has extensive experience in non-profit governance, risk management, and compliance. Before joining WILFP he worked as program operations manager for the Sarai Program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, which engages with the transformation of urban space, contemporary issues, media, and information. 

As an independent production consultant, Ashish has also handled the production of many documentaries and audiovisual art installations, working with leading filmmakers and contemporary artists from around the world.

Zarin Hamid, WILPF Women, Peace, and Security Progamme Manager

zarin.hamid (@) wilpf.

Zarin Hamid is the Manager of the Women, Peace and Security Programme and contributes to monitoring and analysis on women, peace, and security issues at the UN Security Council, and serves as the main liaison with key coalition partners, as well as UN, government, and civil society colleagues. She has previously worked at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, where she ran the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign. Zarin has coordinated trainings on human rights treaties, mechanisms, and advocacy. As part of her previous work, Zarin has advocated with the Security Council and Human Rights Council on gender based violence issues and engaged with UN country teams.  She is experienced in delivering projects on building action for nonviolence, gender justice, and feminist peace. Zarin also worked with the Afghan Women's Network (AWN), Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), and served as civil society committee representative on the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, managed by UNWomen. She has an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, School of International Service and has earned a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, where she worked as a program assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is also fluent in Persian.




Genevieve Riccoboni, WILPF Women, Peace and Security Programme Coordinator

genevieve.riccoboni (@) wilpf.org

Genevieve Riccoboni is the Programme Coordinator for WILPF's Women, Peace and Security Programme, where she coordinates communications and delegations and supports aspects of programme work including monitoring the UN Security Council, research, advocacy, and publications. Representing WILPF, served for one year as an acting Organizing Partner of the Women’s Major Group (WMG), where she co-coordinated the coalition campaigns and outreach. Outside of her work at WILPF, she works to promote youth perspectives on peace and security as a member of the research group for Our Generation for Inclusive Peace, and is actively involved in grassroots organizing in NYC. Genevieve has a range of prior experience in policy, nonprofit programming, and politics, and has also worked in the private sector in business development. She graduated with distinction with an MPhil in World History from the University of Cambridge, and holds a BA with Joint Honours in History and Political Science from McGill University. She is fluent in German and proficient in Spanish. 


More About PeaceWomen as Part of WILPF

The Women, Peace and Security Programme (PeaceWomen) is a programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), an international organisation established in 1915 to work for peace and freedom through demilitarisation, disarmament and women’s full and equal rights.

WILPF has global offices in New York and Geneva and over 100 local branches in 33 countries, many in conflict and post conflict countries. WILPF also works with many other local, national, and international affiliated organisations.

WILPF has programmes on Human Rights, Disarmament (Reaching Critical Will) and Women, Peace and Security (PeaceWomen), as well as our projects in key crisis areas. Together with WILPF members and our network of women peace advocates, WILPF programmes support the organisation in achieving our organisational aims.

WILPF envisions a world free from violence and armed conflict with justice and equality for all.

WILPF’s mission is to achieve feminist peace for equality, justice, and demilitarised security.

Feminist peace is based on equality, justice, demilitarised security and nonviolent inclusive social transformation; it enables the development of systems where social and political equality and economic justice for all can be attained to ensure real and lasting peace and freedom.

WILPF’s Theory of Change is that by addressing the root causes of violence with a feminist lens and by mobilising for nonviolent action, WILPF can advance feminist peace for equality, justice, and demilitarised security.

WILPF’s Overall Aims and Principles

  • Bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and legitimisation of war;
  • Work toward world peace, universal disarmament, the ending of violence and coercion in the settlement of conflict and its replacement in every case by negotiation and conciliation;
  • Strengthen multilateralism and support the civil society to democratise the United Nations system;
  • Support the continuous development and implementation of international human rights and humanitarian law, promote political and social equality and economic equity, contribute towards co-operation among all people, and enhance environmentally sustainable development.