About Monica McWilliams
A peace activist since the early days of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, Prof McWilliams was involved in assisting communities and individuals, particularly women who suffered domestic violence. She campaigned for better housing and access to services for people unable to find a voice. As an academic, she sought ways to encourage younger people to pursue educational opportunities that would provide the keys to their future out of the poverty and disadvantage that the violence was compounding across many areas in Northern Ireland.
In the 1990s, she co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and was elected as a delegate at the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations which led to the Good Friday Peace Agreement. She subsequently served in the Northern Ireland Assembly and as Human Rights Commissioner. She currently sits on the Independent Reporting Commission on ending Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland and is Emeritus Professor in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University.
In 2021, Professor Mc Williams' book, 'Stand Up, Speak Out' was published by Blackstaff Press.