Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What We're Reading Now: Women of Ireland

“Everybody matters: my life giving voice” by Mary Robinson (941.7082 ROBINSON) 

Mary Robinson tells us her life so far: the daughter of two doctors and sister to four brothers, she grew up in the west of Ireland in the 1940’s to become an activist lawyer, an Irish senator and the first female president of Ireland in 1990.  She fought hard for women’s right to contraception and divorce in Ireland, and supported gays and other minorities in their struggle for equal representation in her country.  She then changed focus to work internationally as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with a special interest in Africa.   Currently, she heads the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, working from Ireland to alleviate the negative effects of climate change on the poor worldwide.    

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