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Everybody Matters: A Memoir [Paperback]

Mary Robinson
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9 May 2013

Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 Political Book of the Year

The first woman President of Ireland, who became 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 to achieve so much for human rights around the globe.

She describes the upbringing which gave her her strong sense of values and how she came into painful conflict with her parents - marrying against their wishes and, later, helping to legalise contraception in a deeply Catholic Ireland.

As a barrister she won landmark cases advancing the causes of women and the marginalised against the prejudices of the day. When - to the surprise of many - she became the first woman President of Ireland in 1990, she put Ireland firmly on the international stage.

Accepting the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1997 was her biggest challenge and here she describes the huge political difficulties she encountered among the many triumphs.

Subsequently, based in New York, she led Realizing Rights for eight years, pioneering how to implement in practice economic and social rights: working in African countries on health, decent work, corporate responsibility and women's empowerment in peace and security.

Now heading her own Climate Justice foundation she has succeeded in finding the independence she needs to work effectively on behalf of the millions of poor around the world most affected by climate change.

Told with the same calm conviction and modest pride that has guided her life, Everybody Matters will inspire everyone who reads it with the belief that each of us can, in our own way, help to change the world for the better.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (9 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444723332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444723335
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mary "rights-based" Robinson has been right about a lot of things... human wrongs and human rights... not just in theory but in practice and in action, whether for Ireland as President, for the UN as Rights Commissioner, at GAVI as Chair, or at the Elders. We need more Marys. Hail Mary.' (Bono)

'Mary Robinson has all the Gaelic attributes; she is warm, friendly and engaging. She is really passionate about human rights, especially the rights of women and young girls, and cares deeply about the environment. This is her story, the story of the lawyer who rose to be Ireland's first woman President and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.' (Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu)

'Like many English words, the word "bold" - brave to the British - acquired new depths across the Irish Channel. It gained a sense of rebellion and a twinkle of mischief. Mary Robinson is a bold woman. Whether taking on the oppressive orthodoxy of Catholic dogma embedded in the Constitution, the rights of women, the oppressed and the dispossessed, she has been bold, courageous, compassionate and fiercely determined to do what is right. Even when she was a young girl playing the part of Batman, she took on the entire forces of evil and has been a fearless champion of those in need ever since. This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman, who is also one of my heroes.'

(Peter Gabriel)

'As an advocate for the hungry and the hunted, the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world.' (President Barack Obama)

A candid and understated account of her life. (Mail on Sunday (Eire))

Everybody Matters has all the hallmarks of the woman herself. Concerned for the truth, unflinching in the telling of it and passionate to achieve a fairer world. I hope it inspires as many as possible. (Sir Richard Branson)

Intimate, candid and intriguing (Irish Times)

An extraordinary book (Irish Independent)

Sensitive, idealistic and unashamedly feminist. (Evening Herald (Dublin))

Engrossing memoir... an inspiring read. (The Good Book Guide)

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Moving memoir from the first female President of Ireland, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Robinson 4 Jun 2013
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I chose this book because I have always thought that Mary Robinson was a lovely lady and this book proves it. I also proves what grit and determination can achieve Well done a very good read
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After hearing Mary Robinson's Desert Island Discs, I wanted to know more so bought the book.
It is exactly as I had hoped. Full of warm, inspirational tales which makes you revise opinions of those who stand for high office.
A thoroughly good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modest and inspiring. 1 Sep 2013
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I have read the first hundred pages and find it fascinating so far. I am anticipating many more treats to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a great lady 12 Aug 2013
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Mary changed Ireland for the better by her utter determination to achieve what she knew was right for Ireland, Irish women the 'little man'. An fascinating story very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Robinson, a gift to all women. 22 Dec 2013
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The folksy beginning was not what I wanted to read but it did place her life in a context that was, later, shown to be relevant. The rest of her life was captivating revealing a bright mind, a tremendous work ethic, a real concern for the people and special causes.
Irish women need this role model, we need some more.
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