Mary Robinson

Human Rights Advocate and Former President of Ireland
2007Fall

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and formerly the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. She is the superb example of a politician who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics and, for that, she received many medals, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2004. She has also received the “Outspoken” Award by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Sydney Peace Prize.

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