International Programme

International Profile


In January 2012 Monica and Mary McWilliams trained women appointed to the Afghan High Peace Council, later in the year they worked on a negotiation skills programme with Syrian women to prepare them for transition from conflict to national peace building. Previous to this work and while Mary was with the Insitute of Public Administraion in Dublin, she worked on a range of international programmes throughout Europe and in Africa.

Professor Monica Mc Williams

Professor Monica McWilliams is a highly skilled consultant with over twenty years experience in human rights, negotiation and conflict resolution and extensive overseas experience with national human rights institutions and international organisations.

She has contributed to workshops for a range of international NGOs - in January 2012 with women on the Afghan High Peace Council.  In November 2012 and in January 2013 she worked on a capacity building programme with Syrian women to prepare them for national peace building.

Monica will be a visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago for the Spring Semester 2014.  She has been involved in Training and Capacity building on gender based violence with civic society organisations in a range of conflict societies.

Monica advised the Irish Ambassador in Uganda in developing the work of the Ugandan Human Rights Commission and delivered presentations to foreign diplomats and delegations on the Northern Ireland peace process. She has also been involved in UN and EU meetings on gender based violence and human rights and she has published widely on human security and the role of women in peace negotiations such as the article in the Solutions Journal.

She has been instrumental in the development of the first government strategy on domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

International Experience

  • Geneva (January 2016):
    • Facilitated women negotiators from the Syrian opposition delegation on how to lobby ambassadors in Geneva, how to get their support, establish back channels of communications and how to draft proposals. The negotiation skills workshop was organised by Kivinna till Kivinna (Swedish Foundation).
  • Gazientep (September 2014):
    • Designed and delivered a strategic leadership programme for Syrian women on behalf of the Washington based 'Women's Democracy Network" 
  • Istanbul (June 2014):
    • Designed and delivered a capacity building training programme for Syrian women on behalf of the Washington based 'Women's Democracy Network" 
  • Istanbul (April 2014):
    • 'UN Women' and 'Institute for War and Peace Reporting': Women in Peace Building- four day workshop delivered to women from Georgia, Abkhazia and S. Ossietia
  • Jordan (May 2013):
    • Negotiation and Mediation Workshops for Kvinna till Kvinna (Swedish Foundation).
  • Tbilisi, Georgia (February 2013):
    • UN Women Peace Building programme.
  • Doha (January 2013):
    • Facilitator for the ‘WDN’, worked on their capacity building programme for Syrian women.
  • Istanbul (November, 2012):
    • Facilitator for the ‘WDN’, worked on their capacity building programme for Syrian women. 
  • Dubai (January, 2012):
    • Pro bono facilitator for the ‘Institute for Inclusive Security’, worked on their ‘High Peace Council’ programme for Afghan women.
  • Tanzania:
    • Management Development Training for all of Tanzania’s Council Directors. 
  • Luxembourg, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Poland:
    • Team Dynamics Workshops for civil servants. 
  • Croatia: 
    • Train the Trainer programme for Croatian Civil Service. 
  • European Parliament: 
    • Team Building (Danish Translation Division, senior staff in the Slovak Parliament and civil servants in Slovenia).

International Peace Building