Event Details

Starts on:22/09/2018 10:00


The Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus, the PRIO Cyprus Centre, and the United Nations (Good Offices Mission) invite you to the screening of the film ‘Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs’ that tells the story of the Northern Ireland Women Coalition, at Technopolis 20 in Paphos, on Saturday, 22nd of September 2018, at 10am.

An open discussion will follow, with the academic, mediator and co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, Prof. Monica McWilliams and the activist, peace-builder, co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition Dr Avila Kilmurray (with Greek interpretation).

A workshop will take place later, entitled ‘Gender, Peace, and Security in Cyprus: Lessons from the Good Friday Agreement’, from 12-1pm, led by Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray. To confirm your participation at the workshop, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that Greek translation will be provided throughout.

Free entrance and participation.
Film screening with subtitles in Greek and Turkish.

Dr Avila Kilmurray, a native of Dublin, has worked in Northern Ireland since 1975. She holds a PhD in governance from Queen's University Belfast. Avila was appointed the first Women’s Officer for the Amalgamated Transport & General Workers' Union (Ireland). She has a long involvement in the Women's Movement, being a member of the Northern Ireland Women's Rights Movement, and a founder member of Derry Women's Aid, the Northern Ireland Poverty Lobby, the Ulster People's College, and the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition. She served on the Coalition's negotiating team for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. She was Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (1994-2014) and is currently a Board member of Conciliation Resources (UK). She has written extensively on women's issues and peacebuilding, including 'Funding in Conflict-affected Regions: Notes for Grantmakers' (The Social Change Initiative, 2016) and 'Community Activism in a Contested Society: The Story of Northern Ireland' (Peter Lang 2017). Avila is currently working as an independent consultant supporting The Social Change Initiative (www.thesocialchangeinitiative.org)on migration, refugee and peacebuilding issues.

Prof. Monica McWilliams led the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition’s negotiating team in the multi-party peace talks leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. Monica co-founded the Women’s Coalition, a political party that became a signatory to the peace agreement in 1998. She represented South Belfast in the NI Legislative Assembly from1998 until 2003. As Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2006 -2011), she was responsible for drafting the advice on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland and presented this to the UK government in 2008. From 2011 to 2014, Monica was an Oversight Commissioner for Prison Reform in Northern Ireland and in 2017, she was appointed by the Northern Ireland Executive to the Independent Reporting Commission on the disbandment of paramilitary organizations. She has been involved in peace building in a range of conflict areas, most recently with the Syrian opposition and the Colombian peace negotiators. Based on this experience, she contributed testimony to US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 22, 2016. Her publications focus on domestic violence and human rights that includes a large scale, longitudinal study on violence pre and post conflict. She is a recipient of the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award (1998) and holds honorary doctorates from University of York (2018), Lesley College, Massachusetts (1998) and Mount Mary College, Milwaukee (2004).


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