Bringing Parties in from the Cold

Monica McWilliams

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2014
Location: Palais des Nations
Date: 19/09/2014

Monica lists three crucial questions to ask when talking peace:

  • Who is at the table?
  • What’s being put on the table?
  • What do the peace terms really mean for the people?

She demonstrates the importance of these questions with examples from her pursuit of peace in Northern Ireland.

Tags: Conflict,  Conflict Resolution,  Dialogue,  Division,  Northern Ireland,  Peace,  Peacebuilding,  Women

Monica McWilliams

Professor of Women’s Studies

Professor of Women’s Studies in the Transnational Justice Institute at the University of Ulster, Monica played an instrumental role in the Multi-Party Peace Talks, which led to the Good Friday Agreement. She co-founded a political party, the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, which was successfully elected to the peace negotiations. Monica is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly and served as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Her work focuses on domestic violence, human security and the role of women in peace processes.