Professor Monica McWilliams was a founding member of the Women’s Coalition, a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland and Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2005-2011), Oversight Commissioner for prison reform in Northern Ireland (2011–2015) and is on the Independent Reporting Commission for the disbandment of paramilitary organisations.

Stand Up and Speak Out charts Monica’s activism over the decades from the civil rights protests in the 1960s to her involvement in the women’s movement and the founding of the Women’s Coalition. It also includes her role in the signing and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Prof McWilliams has been the author of numerous publications, including groundbreaking research on domestic and intimate partner violence in Northern Ireland. She is a specialist in conflict resolution, chaired Interpeace, an international peace-building NGO, and served on the Board of Trocaire, the Irish development agency.

She has has worked with women’s groups in conflict zones world-wide, most recently with Syrian women involved in the negotiations in Geneva.

Prof Fidelma Ashe will acts as a discussant following opening remarks by Prof McWilliams. Our PhD researchers Nada Ahmed Mostafa Kamal Ahmed and Caitriona Mackel will co-chair.

This is part of TJI’s ‘What’s the Craic? Seminar Series’ organised by our PhD researchers Nada Ahmed Mostafa Kamal Ahmed and Caitriona Mackel.

Registration is essential, a link will be sent to you 48 hours before the event begins.

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