Everybody Matters : A Memoir
by Mary Robinson
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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In the running for the 2013 Political Book of the Year Book Prize, Ireland’s first female President, who became the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 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 accomplish so much for human rights around the globe.She describes the education which gave her her sense of values and how she came into painful conflict with her parents – marrying against their will and, later, helping to legalise contraception into one, deeply Catholic in IrelandAs a lawyer, she won landmark cases advancing the cause of women and marginalized groups against the prejudices of the dayWhen to the surprise of many, she became Ireland’s first woman President in 1990, she put Ireland firmly on the international sceneTo accept the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1997 and was her greatest challenge and here she describes the enormous political difficulties she encountered among many victoriesSubsequently, based in New York, she led the Realization of their Rights for eight years, pioneering how to implement, in practice, economic and social rights: working in African countries for health, decent work, corporate responsibility and women’s empowerment in peace and security.Now at the head of her own Climate Justice Foundation, she has managed to find the independence she needs to work effectively on behalf of millions of poor people around the world most affected by climate change.Said with the same calm, conviction and modest pride that has guided his life, everyone inspires things all those who read it with the conviction that each of us can, in our own way, to help change the world for the better
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