Joke Swiebel studied political science in Amsterdam. She worked for many years as a femocrat. Inter alia, she was Vice-Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She also took part in the Netherlands governmental delegation to the un Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995). From 1999 to 2004, Joke Swiebel was Member of the European Parliament, and Chair of the EP Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights. Her areas of action included human rights and non-discrimination, migration issues, and EU enlargement. Joke Swiebel has published numerous articles and papers on subjects such as gender equality policies, anti-discrimination legislation and human rights.