Big summer coming up at Mary Robinson Centre

Following a busy season of workshops on migration and refugees with Mayo’s secondary schools, The Mary Robinson Centre has announced an exciting programme of events for the summer, with equality, peace, and human rights at the heart of these events.

Starting with an international flair, The Mary Robinson Centre welcomes its first visiting scholar, Professor Jane Freedman, Professor of Politics at Université de Paris. Events planned during Professor Freedman’s visit from June 13 to 18 include a 2016 Commemoration event, Inclusive Centenaries on June 17, reflecting today’s Ireland and articulating aspirations for an inclusive Ireland for the future, and a workshop with the Migrant Women exhibition at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life on June 18.

The Mary Robinson Centre has also announced its first International Symposium, taking place from July 1 to July 2, addressing The Sustainable Development Goals: Equality, Human Rights, Peace, a UN initiative to end hunger and poverty, and to reach globally acceptable minimum standards of equality, peace, and human rights by 2030. Details are at www.conference.ie

Finally, bookended by these two events will be the centre’s eagerly anticipated annual international human rights lecture. Building on the excellent profile this annual lecture has cultivated both for Ballina and The Mary Robinson Centre in recent years, Hina Jilani will speak on the subject of “Protecting Human Rights Defenders Worldwide.” Ms Jilani, from Lahore in Pakistan, is a lawyer, civil rights activist, and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She has been active in the movement for peace, human rights, and women's rights in Pakistan for more than three decades and is internationally recognised for her expertise in critical human rights investigations. The event will follow the format of previous lectures and will incorporate an interview with Ms Jilani and Mrs Robinson. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. For more information on this and other upcoming events, or to reserve a seat visit www.maryrobinsoncentre.ie/events Alternatively, contact The Mary Robinson Centre on (086 ) 8093965.

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