The Education of Mary Robinson

A Conversation With the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights

It is frustrating to work within a bureaucracy that's mini-managed, under-resourced, and full of regulations that hamper effectiveness. It requires a lot of patience, and I'm not the most patient person in the world. I haven't suffered from a frustration about being politically bullied, because I will not be bullied. I've always stood up to bullies, and I'm prepared to pay the price of taking stands that may not be popular or politically in my best interests. But I came into this job not to keep a job, but to do a job.

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