Dr Monica O'Connor

Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities, (PhD), St. Patrick’s College.

Current Positions

  • Independent researcher conducting EU/ISEC funded research
  • Government of Ireland Scholar, undertaking doctoral research examining the issues of choice, consent, agency and harm in the lives of prostituted and trafficked women in Ireland.
  • Independent Consultant to the Voluntary and Statutory Sector
  • Manager of Policy, Training and Research in Women’s Aid
  • Practitioner in Women’s Refuge Dublin

Former Positions

  • 1996-1997: Ministerial appointee to the first Irish Government Task Force on Violence against Women
  • 1998-2000: Government appointee to the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women
  • 1998-2005: The Irish Expert on the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women
  • 2002-2008: Chair of the National Advisory Committee of the NDVIA
  • 2002-2008: Policy Advisor to the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency Ireland (NDVIA)

Dr Grainne Healy

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Current Positions

  • Chairwoman of Marriage Equality, Ireland
  • Chairwoman of Citizen and Staff Engagement and Empowerment Steering Group with Slaintecare
  • Strategic planning with Oxfam Ireland, Early Childhood Learning
  • Devised and delivered Leadership for Change and Transition Programme
  • Practitioner in Women’s Refuge Dublin

Former Positions

  • Co-Director of Yes Equality Campaign
  • Key spokesperson during Yes Equality campaign
  • Leadership trainer - leading for change programme 2016/2017/2018/19
  • Lead on consultation workshops for First LGBTI+ Inclusion Plan for Dept of Justice & Equality
  • Former editor of the women’s publishing house Attic Press