Monica McWilliams (Northern Ireland)
Monica McWilliams organized women across Catholic-Protestant lines in peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. 
Monica McWilliams speaks with legislators after testifying on women's roles in peace processes in the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in 2016. (Courtesy of Institute for Inclusive Security)

When peace negotiations started in Northern Ireland, Monica McWilliams organized women across Catholic-Protestant lines and formed a political party to gain formal access to the talks. The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC), established in 1996, introduced critical provisions on cross-community dialogue, social services, and human rights into the Good Friday Agreement. Today, McWilliams helps train women involved in peace processes around the world.

Women and Foreign Policy Program

The Women and Foreign Policy program works to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. The program informs policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public about issues related to gender equality and U.S. foreign policy through scholarship, roundtable discussions, briefings, and the Women Around the World blog.

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Despite growing international recognition of women’s role in security, their representation in peace and security processes has lagged.
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Countering Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sexual violence in conflict is not simply a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge.
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