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Her voice

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.”


Ms. Robinson served as the seventh President of Ireland from December 1990 to September 1997. She also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002 and  she extended her intended single four-year term as High Commissioner by a year to preside over the World Conference against Racism 2001 in Durban. She was also a Senator for the University of Dublin from 1969 to 1989.

After leaving the United Nations in 2002, Ms Robinson formed Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, which came to a planned end at the end of 2010. In July 2014, Ban Ki-moon made her his special envoy for Climate Change to interact with global leaders ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit.

In March 2013, Ms Robinson was chosen to oversee the implementation of a peace deal to stabilise the troubled central African country of Congo.

On 1 November 2018, she was appointed as the Chair of The Elders, an organization with which she had been collaborating for years.

Mary Robinson studied law at Trinity College Dublin. he furthered her studies at the King’s Inns and was awarded a fellowship to attend Harvard Law School, receiving an LL.M.