Chair of The Elders
Former President of Ireland
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Mary Robinson is a founding member of The Elders and Chair since 2018. The first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson is a passionate champion of gender equality, multilateralism and climate justice.
Mary Robinson’s address considers our shared challenges, the power of collective action and solidarity to tackle the common existential threats we all face, including climate change, nuclear weapons and pandemics. Remembering the spirit in which Nelson Mandela launched The Elders, she emphasises how humanity can thrive when we act with a common purpose.
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Human Rights Advocate
Co-chair of the Taskforce on Justice
Member of The Elders
Hina Jilani is a pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner, a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement, international champion of human rights, and a member of The Elders since 2013.
Ms Jilani founded Pakistan’s first all-woman law firm, legal aid centre and national Human Rights Commissions, and served as the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders 2000-2008. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Justice.
Hina Jilani’s address discusses the issue of justice, and how we can counter the shrinking space for civil society and tackle the multi-faceted global crisis of injustice. If we are to counter this issue, democracy and media freedom must be respected and the powerful must be held to their words.
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