Abigail Ruane is Director of the PeaceWomen Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and leads work on Women, Peace and Security from the WILPF UN office in New York. She is a recognized women’s human rights expert and leads PeaceWomen’s advocacy in addressing silos between security and development processes at the UN. Abigail’s advocacy builds on her internationally recognized, award winning doctoral research on global negotiations over women’s rights. Before joining PeaceWomen, Abigail acted as WILPF-US Representative to the United Nations (UN), consulted on gender and sustainable development at the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and taught human rights classes at Hunter College. Abigail holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC) and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.