Abigail Ruane

Women, Peace and Security Program Director

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in New York

Abigail Ruane (@fembodiedchange) is the Women Peace and Security Program Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-standing women’s peace organization in the world. Abigail is a recognized women’s human rights expert with policy, academic, and organizing experience.  Building on her work with WILPF’s grassroots feminist peace movement, Abigail successfully led advocacy for the 2015 Global Study 2015 on Women, Peace and Security to include priority recommendations on demilitarization and strengthening women’s civil society. Following this, she has worked with the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security to address root causes of violence from sexual violence to sustaining peace and engage with the UN Security Council. Abigail was also part of successful advocacy for the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals to include stand-alone goals on peace and gender equality.

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.