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Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice Paperback – February 25, 2014
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Few would have guessed the tomboy daughter of Dr. Bourke of tiny Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland, would become a trailblazer. But once Mary Bourke decided she didn’t have a religious vocation, she made iconoclastic choices. She studied law at the “wrong” Dublin university (the Protestant one), then headed off to Boston to study at Harvard in the tumultuous Vietnam era. She married a Protestant (political cartoonist, attorney, and, later, preservation-activist Nick Robinson) in front of a judge, not a priest. She built her practice as a barrister around civil rights law, representing clients like abused women and travelers (aka “tinkers”), spent 20 years in the upper house of the Irish legislature and then, in 1990, was elected Ireland’s first female president. Robinson transformed that ceremonial position by joining European Union and United Nations missions to dangerous conflict-ridden areas like Rwanda and Kosovo. There, as in her subsequent service as U.N. high commissioner for human rights and her later work, independently and as a member of Nelson Mandela’s Council of Elders, Robinson has helped define the respect and protection nations owe their citizens. --Mary Carroll --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Robinson fashions a stately, forthright autobiography.... She details her work at hot spots across the globe, and writes engagingly and warmly of her current foundation addressing issues of climate change and world poverty.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[This] autobiography from one of the world's leading political figures provides a special insight into ongoing civil and human rights questions.... A worthy addition to the growing list of memoirs from world-class servants of the public. ” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This book will appeal to many kinds of readers, from memoir buffs generally to those interested in engagement with human rights issues, recent Irish history, or eloquent stateswomen of the world.” ―Library Journal--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Mary Robinson is a true Clarissa Pinkola Estes "Woman who runs with wolves". Her lair minder Nick has also allowed the wonderful woman be a true example that "Everybody matters".
He literary "almost destruction" of UN internal politics confirms the dysfunctional nature of this organisation and its lack of "unitedness" and where NOT everybody matters.
I particularly enjoyed the application of her core principals in "Everybody Matters" as this was very relevant to work I was involved in that was to manage the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. In fact I thought she may have even "touched" these programs in Kenya (AMPATH) and other African locations (OpenMRS).
A core aim of these programs id the "Everybody Matters" and to inculcate hope and self sustaining sufficiency and reduce the brain drain.
Nick, Mary's husband needs acknowledgement for his role of allowing Mary to be herself.
This book gives me and I other HOPE.
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