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First woman president of Ireland to deliver Kenan lecture

Mary RobinsonMary Robinson, chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and Ethical Globalization Initiative, believes that rights are weapons the weak can use against the strong.

Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, will bring her message to Transylvania on October 2 as part of the Kenan Lecture Series. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Robinson served as president of the Republic of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and during her presidency placed an emphasis on the needs of developing countries.

From 1997 to 2002, she served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and gained a reputation as an outspoken defender of human rights, willing to stand up to powerful governments.

Credited by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan with “putting human rights on the map,” Robinson was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in 2002. She was the first head of state to visit Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide there, and the first to visit Somalia following the 1992 crisis there.

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