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peace and human rights advocate

Mabel van Oranje

Netherlands, 1968

Mabel van Oranje has been a global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades. In 1993, Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first CEO of The Elders, a group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights brought together by Nelson Mandela. She is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’ and co-founder and executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the (advisory) boards of Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.

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