Marilou McPhedran is currently a professor and the founding Director of the Institute for International Women’s Rights at The University of Winnipeg Global College, Canada. She was seconded to the UNFPA-Geneva Office as their human rights specialist in 2012 and was a visiting professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2013.

She is a Member of the Order of Canada for co-leadership on gender equality amendments to the Canadian constitution, a co-founder of LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, founder of the International Women’s Rights Project. She served as Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (2007-8) and Principal of Global College (2008-2012).