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Mary Robinson Award

What better example for young women worldwide than that of a woman of the stature of Mary Robinson – the embodiment of leadership, commitment, achievement, vision, integrity, relentless hard work and loyalty.


And what better role model to personify the women the World YWCA seeks to honour through its new award.

The idea for the Mary Robinson Award For Young Women’s Leadership In Human Rights arose at World Council 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya, following an informal discussion between Mary Robinson, a close and long term friend and partner of the World YWCA, and Musimbi Kanyoro, former General Secretary of the World YWCA. The award nomination package has been developed and the World YWCA is looking forward to honouring young women’s human rights activists.

Presently leading Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, Mary Robinson is a world renowned human rights activist and a trailblazer for women’s rights and leadership. She was the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). She has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. As an academic (Trinity College Law Faculty 1968-90), legislator (Senator 1969-89) and barrister (1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980, English Bar 1973) she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxemburg. She also served as Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders.
Mary Robinson Award for Young Women’s Leadership in Human Rights

The Award will recognise outstanding examples of young women’s human rights activism as well as YWCAs that support and promote young women’s leadership in the area of human rights.
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