The Mary Robinson Centre Summer Programme 2016

A varied and fascinating series of events

Mary Robinson Centre summer programme of events

A busy summer lies ahead at Ballina’s Mary Robinson Centre, with a varied and exciting programme of events in place for June and July 2016.

Despite the fact that the centre itself has not yet been built and is in essence, in “virtual” existence, nevertheless the programme of activities laid out for the coming weeks shows that it is already well operational, and work is well underway in delivering the former Irish President’s vision of using her legacy to inspire leadership in the promotion of human rights, gender equality and climate justice.

Visiting Scholar Programme – 13th- 18th June 2016

The Mary Robinson Centre will in June welcome its first international visiting scholar, Professor Jane Freedman, Professor of Politics at Université de Paris 8. During her visit, she will partake in a number of activities. All details here. Professor Freedman will also spend time during the week collaborating with The Mary Robinson Centre and the Centre for Global Women’s Studies to generate commentaries, essays and articles that will be disseminated publicly after her visit.

More info: Contact Natasha Price, Academic Coordinator  at

Migrant Women: Shared Experiences Workshop – 18 June 2016

The National Museum Of Ireland, Turlough Park (Country Life) will host a day of presentations and discussion on immigration to Ireland through personal experiences with a focus on women. It will explore the impact of immigrant policies on individuals and communities in Irish society. The workshop is being  organised as part of the Museum’s temporary exhibition Migrant Women – Shared Experiences. Spaces are limited, so booking is essential.

More info: Contact the bookings office at the Museum of Country Life at or phone +353 94 9031769.

The Mary Robinson Centre Third Annual International Human Rights Lecture – 25th June 2016

This year’s IHR lecture, taking place in Ballina Arts Centre will welcome pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner Hina Jilani, a champion of human rights and leading activist in Pakistan’s women’s movement. Jikan is a member alongside Mary Robinson of the Elders, the independent group of twelve global leaders formed by the late Nelson Mandela to work together to promote peace and human rights.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson, facilitated by Mary Lawlor of Front Line Defenders, the Irish-based International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

The event will be presented by local Ballina historian Terry Reilly with music and song by local choirs.

More info: Contact The Mary Robinson Centre on 086 8093965 or

The Mary Robinson Centre International Symposium 2016 – July 1st and 2nd 2016

The Great National Hotel, Ballina (formerly Hotel Ballina) will host the Mary Robinson Centre International Symposium 2016, bringing together a number of highly regarded international human rights activists for a series of plenary sessions and discussions. The event will take place in partnership with the NUI, Galway Centre for Global Women’s Studies, and among the fourteen speakers over the weekend will be prestigious speakers such as  Noeleen Heyzer, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mouna Ghanem, Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace, Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland, Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland and Mary Robinson herself.

The conference takes place against the backdrop of the establishment by the UN of an ambitious new global framework of seventeen universal, interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals, accompanied by targets, are designed to be implemented over the next fifteen years by every country with the aim of realising the human rights of all, ending poverty and hunger and achieving gender equality.  The International Symposium 2016 will focus on three themes contained within the SDGs that align with the focus of the Mary Robinson Centre programme to date: Equality, Human Rights and Peace, with a session devoted to each.

More info:

Header image: Mary Robinson and Graca Machel with workshop participants from NUI Galway, Mayo Intercultural Action and NMI Country Life at last November’s Spotlight on the Refugee Crisis Workshop

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