Stand Up Speak Out: My Life Working for Women’s Rights, Peace, and Equality in Northern Ireland and Beyon

Performance Area • Monday 22nd November, 1.00pm (UK Time)

Monica McWilliams broke the mould in many ways, as a woman, as an activist, and as a politician. In her frank and fascinating memoir, she tells her extraordinary story for the first time.

By the age of 10, Monica was dispensing payouts in her granny’s post office, book-keeping for her cattle dealer father, and leaving no one in doubt that she could stand up for herself.

‘Stand Up Speak Out’ is her first book, telling her story from the civil rights protests of the 1960s, through her work in the women’s movement, with cross-community groups, and the foundation of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition.

Now Emeritus Professor of the Transnational Justice Institute, Monica also chairs the Governing Board of the international NGO Interpeace and has worked with and for women in conflict societies including in South America and the Middle East. She is also the author of a number of journal articles, essays and reports on family and sexual matters; domestic violence; and human rights in Northern Ireland.


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