Mary Robinson Award for Young Women’s Leadership in Human Rights

The World YWCA established the Mary Robinson Award for Young Women's Leadership in Human Rights to recognise young women leaders and human rights activists. The first recipients of the award will be honoured and celebrated during the World YWCA Council in Zurich, Switzerland from July 10 –16, 2011.

The award recognises:

  • A young YWCA human rights activist
  • A young woman human rights activist from the broader community of partners working on human rights
  • A member association that demonstrates exemplary support and promotion of young women’s leadership in the field of human rights.

Mary Robinson is a renowned human rights activist and a trailblazer for women’s rights and leadership, 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. Mary Robinson served as Chair for the Council of Women World Leaders and is presently leading Realising Rights: the Ethical Globalisation Initiative.

The deadline for submission of the reviewed nomination is January 31, 2011.

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Mary Robinson Award to be presented at World Council 2011

Mary Robinson Award to be presented at World Council 2011

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