One of the most inspiring women of our age, Mary Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world. Now, for the first time, she reveals what lies behind the vision, strength, and determination that has helped her to achieve so much for human rights around the globe. She describes the upbringing which gave her strong sense of values and how, as her personal convictions grew, she came into painful conflict with her parents - marrying against their wishes, and later, helping to legalise contraception in a deeply Catholic Ireland.
As a barrister she followed her conscience to win landmark cases advancing the causes of women and the marginalised against the prejudices of the day. And when - to the surprise of many - she became the first woman President of Ireland in 1990, she reinvented the role and put Ireland firmly on the international stage. Accepting the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1997 was to prove her biggest challenge and here she does not shrink from describing the huge political difficulties she encountered among the many triumphs.
Now heading her own Climate Justice foundation, she has succeeded in finding the independence she needs to work effectively on behalf of the millions of poor around the world most affected by climate change. Told with the same calm conviction and modest pride that has guided her life, Everybody Matters will inspire everyone who listens to it with the belief that each of us can, in our own way, help to change the world for the better.
©2012 Mary Robinson (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
"As an advocate for the hungry and the hunted, the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world." (President Barack Obama)
"Mary 'rights-based' Robinson has been right about a lot of things... human wrongs and human rights... not just in theory but in practice and in action, whether for Ireland as President, for the UN as Rights Commissioner, at GAVI as Chair, or at the Elders. We need more Marys. 'Hail Mary'." (Bono)
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"Bless you Mrs Robinson"
Yes....a magnificent woman, I feel privileged just by reading her book
The honesty, the integrity and above all the sense of fairness.
Every page, right to the last word.
The book, Mary's story/stories were very very thought provoking.
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