A community activist for some 45 years, Monina is committed to equipping individuals and communities with knowledge and skills to empower their emerging leaders and activists to effect positive change. This involves analysis of policy and power and building advocacy skills. Her work to date includes local, regional and international community development, peacebuilding and rights-based work. She has held a number of positions including principal community worker with Belfast City Council, director of Gingerbread NI working with lone parents to build awareness of rights, advocacy skills to enable policy change to meet need and was co-ordinator, European Network of One Parent Families, a campaigning and advocacy network for rights of lone parent families. As programmes manager with the Community Foundation for NI, she was responsible for research and development work, rights-based and peacebuilding/good relations grants programmes targeted at marginalised groups and in alienated conflict-affected areas of high social need. Monina has co-ordinated Foundations for Peace since 2005, an international network of indigenous community foundations working on social justice and peacebuilding in conflict regions across the world and is currently Managing Agent for IFI’s Peace Walls Programme.