Stand Up, Speak Out
Frank, fascinating memoir from Northern Irish peace activist, human rights defender and former politician who has broken the mould in so many ways – in her work on domestic violence; in her co-founding of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition; and in her fight for peace and human rights both at home and globally.
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By the age of ten, Monica McWilliams was dispensing payouts in her granny’s post office, book-keeping for her cattle-dealer father and leaving no one in any doubt that she could stand up for herself. She went on to break the mould in so many ways, as a woman, as an activist and as a politician. In this frank and fascinating memoir, she tells her extraordinary story for first time.
- A Derry Catholic, she participated in the civil rights protests of the 1960s. She was 15 when attended her first NICRA meeting in ’69.
- Her ground-breaking work on domestic violence and the training she delivered to police officers and the Public Prosecution Service.
- Her pivotal role in the women's movement in Northern Ireland and her work on the ground with cross-community groups such as Poverty Lobby, Gingerbread, Women's Aid
- Her co-founding of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and her participation in the peace talks that led to the signing of The Good Friday Agreement.
- The deep misogyny and discrimination that she and the Coalition were subjected to during their time in politics and how they stood up to that.
- Her 5 years as a serving politician in the NI Assembly.
- Her work with victims as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and her global work in human rights and peace-building
- Format: Hardback
- Published On: 28 October 2021
- Publisher: Blackstaff Press
- ISBN / EAN: 9781780733227
- Page Count: 368