WILPF United Nations Office
UN Office Director:
AnnJanette Rosga is the UN Office Director in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness (interdisciplinary social sciences) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining WILPF, Anjie was an assistant professor at Knox College in Illinois, and then at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she taught courses in social and feminist theory, research methodologies, and the cultural study of law, crime and violence. Anjie’s recent research was on US training for police in emerging democracies, especially vis-à-vis human rights and child trafficking in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has published on human trafficking, bias-related crime, and human rights indicators. Anjie has received several awards, including fellowships from the Fulbright Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. As a researcher for the film, Licensed to Kill, Anjie was co-recipient of the Sundance Filmmakers’ Trophy Award for Best Documentary in 1997. She has also been a consultant for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNDP, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. For DCAF, she authored an online peacekeepers’ course on violence against women and women’s human rights. A longtime admirer of WILPF and an avid consumer of its web archives, she is thrilled and honored to join the WILPF team in New York.
Maria Butler joined the PeaceWomen Project of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as an Associate in 2010. Maria is passionate about advancing the women, peace and security agenda and gained experience working on these issues with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, led by Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland; former High Commission for Human Rights). Before joining PeaceWomen, Maria worked as a delegate at UN General Assembly Sixty-Four Session, representing the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN. In this role, Maria liaised on broad range of human rights issues including as a representative on the Middle East negotiation team and a delegate to the UN Fourth Committee.Maria is an Attorney-at-Law and a member of the New York State Bar. She holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate in Business and Law from University College Dublin. Maria also founded and chairs an initiative called Growth Reaching Africa, which invests in educational and development projects in rural communities of Kenya with a particular focus on women’s empowerment and the promotion of girls’ education. Maria runs the PeaceWomen Project and has the responsibility for implementing the core areas of actions for the project. She is based in WILPF’s New York office
Ray Acheson is the Project Director of Reaching Critical Will. Ray is also the associate editor of the Arms Control Reporter, a reference journal that provides information and analysis on international arms control and disarmament issues. She has worked extensively with the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, an organization founded during the Nuclear Freeze movement of the 1980s, tracking the manufacture and trade of conventional weapon systems. Ray graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2005.
Peace Women Interns:
Rai lives in London where she just finished her MA in International Relations and she is a member of WILFP - UK. Rai has worked as intern and volunteer with UN body such as UNICEF, World Health Organization, and NGOs such as International Organization for Migration, Oxfam. Following the event of 28 Sept. in her original country Guinea where women demonstrators were raped in daylight she decide to apply for this internship to advocate for violence against women. She dreams of a World free of conflict and violence against Women. She is glad to be part of an organization like WILPF that makes changes to women' s life around the World.
Rachel is excited to be a part of the PeaceWomen Project and WILPF team. She is a recent graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2009. Throughout her legal studies, Rachel advocated for the eradication of gender-based violence, specifically in the context of displaced women in pre- and post-conflict situations. She also published a law review article analyzing the accountability of humanitarian aid staff and their sexual exploitation of refugee women and children. Rachel is now learning an all-inclusive human rights framework by pursuing a Masters in International Affairs at The New School.
UN Office Interns:
Linda Eitrem Holmgren
Linda is from Sweden and is thrilled to be working at WILPF's UN Office. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations from Lund University. Her Bachelor thesis is a study of female guerrilla soldiers in Colombian guerrilla groups, showing that women's presence in guerrilla groups reflects the militarization of society and of the women, and not the achievment of gender equality. Her interest lies in the roles women play in conflict prevention, armed conflict as well as post-conflict situations. She co-wrote and starred in a musical about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict ("The Girl Behind the Wall") which sparked a special interest of Middle East politics.
Lisa ErikssonShilpa Guha
Shilpa Guha is currently in her second year at Barnard College in New York City, studying Political Science, French, and German. A passionate human rights advocate, she is thrilled to be partaking in the efforts of WILPF. She envisions a world in which military spending is minimal, education is prioritized, peace prevails, and gender equality is universal - and believes that WILPF is on its way to meeting all these ends! Shilpa hopes, in her short yet plentiful tenure at WILPF, to contribute meaningfully to its wonderful cause.