Monica McWilliams

Professor, Founding Member & Leader, Women’s Coalition



Monica McWilliams was a founding member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and a delegate to the multi-party peace talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement. She served as an MLA from 1998-2003 and was Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission until 2010. She is an Emeritus Professor at Ulster University in the Transitional Justice Institute and a Commissioner on the Independent Reporting Commission for the disbandment of paramilitary organisations.

She publishes on domestic violence and the impact of conflict on women’s lives. Her recent memoir Stand Up Speak Out was published by Blackstaff Press.