Maher Hanoun's family had been living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem for generations before their eviction from their homes in August 2009 following an Israeli court ruling. Here, Mary Robinson describes the Elders' poignant meeting with the Hanoun family and argues that enforced evictions are unacceptable.
The one thing common to members of the Global Elders is that their future is behind them. They are coming here, today, in the height of the summer heat, to listen to what plagues Israelis and Palestinians, and to try to convince them that there is another way.
Reflecting on the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson argue in The Guardian that ideals must be supported by effective institutions.
The Elders call on men and boys, particularly religious and traditional leaders, to change harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls and join the struggle to promote and protect gender equality.
Mary Robinson participated in the Global Philanthropy Forum panel 'Women, Children and Conflict' in Redwood City, California. She described some of the stories she heard from women while on a recent trip to Eastern Chad. She also explained how women who have been affected by conflict are building strength by linking up to find more effective solutions to address poverty, gender-based violence, and gaps in opportunity.
To begin the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Elders and partners launch a campaign for one billion people around the world to pledge their support for fundamental rights and freedoms.
On International Women's Day, The Elders advocate women's involvement in peace-building in Kenya, arguing that much more must be done to promote women's leadership and protect women's rights worldwide.
Alarmed by the "human dignity crisis" in Gaza, Mary Robinson argues why diplomatic efforts to forge a new cease-fire must be intensified and made to succeed. This article first appeared in openDemocracy.
Twenty-one former Heads of State and Government – all Club of Madrid Members – signed a declaration directed at Middle East leaders to demand an end to the war in Gaza and a profound change in the approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The declaration was published as an op-ed, signed by Club of Madrid President Ricardo Lagos and Vice President Mary Robinson, in the leading Spanish newspaper El País.
More than one woman dies every minute from preventable causes in childbirth, and a great many more are left with lifelong, debilitating complications. Mary Robinson and Alicia Yamin examine this global health emergency and argue why maternal health is a human rights issue. This article first appeared in The Boston Globe.
Reflecting on her visit to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mary Robinson argues that we now have a rare window of opportunity to make a difference to the lives of ordinary people. This article first appeared in The Independent.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.