Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson says that growing up with four brothers in County Mayo is when she first had to fight for human rights. She remains a passionate advocate for gender equality, for human dignity and justice. She has served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as UN Envoy on Climate Change. She was the first Irish head of state to make official visits to Britain, as well as regularly visiting Northern Ireland. She carries on this trust in dialogue and reconciliation as a member of the Elders (founded by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Kofi Annan).
Her own foundation is focussed on climate justice – on the disproportionate impact of climate change on the poor and the marginalised, who are already having their lives upended. The struggle to build solidarity and secure global justice sometimes seems harder than ever in today’s divisive world.