Mary Robinson served as President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002 She is a member of the Elders and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-climate justice.
She has also been appointed UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region of Central Africa in March 2013 and UN Special Envoy for Climate change in July 2014 .
IAW supports Mary Robinson as future Secretary General of the UN for the following reasons
We admire her willingness to stand up for what she feels is right.
In all the offices she assumed she exercised a transformative power, that is a feminist type of power This feminist understanding of power is distinct from male domination because it aims at empowering those over whom it is exercised .
As President of Ireland she reinvented the role while at the UN she also widened the brief of the HR Commission to include security but in a way women mean it not men that is security of food,safe water, healthcare , shelter .
I AW supports Mary Robinson because she is of the view that human rights have to do with holding those with power to account for abuses of power .Also that you do not weaken human rights by making them relevant to globalization and corporate responsibility as in our world those with economic power do not have traditionally strong values on human rights .
IAW is in favor of M Robinson because of the support she has always given to civil society .
Concerning climate change Robinson believes the way to go is not governments. The answer is civil society that is environmental groups ,development groups ,human rights groups ,youth groups .They will build up the pressure on governments.
Finally IAW is in favour of her because she is a champion of the poor ,the oppressed and underprivileged and more generally of those who have their rights violated and for whom she has always tried to speak from their perspective