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A Lifetime of Advocacy: An Evening with Dame Graça Machel


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Join us for an unforgettable event with one of the world's most influential voices in women's and children's rights: Dame Graça Machel.

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Dame Graça Machel is one of the world’s leading humanitarians and political activists. She was the first Education Minister of Mozambique, the co-founder and deputy Chair of The Elders, and has spent decades fighting for the rights of marginalised communities, earning international recognition and accolades.

In 2010 she established the Graça Machel Trust as a Pan-African advocacy organisation focused on child health and nutrition, education, women’s economic and financial empowerment, leadership and good governance. She is also the only woman in modern history to have served as the First Lady of two countries, alongside Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela.

At this exclusive World of Words event, Machel will be in conversation with Dr Kudzai Kanhutu. Together they will reflect on Machel’s remarkable life and work, and her lifelong devotion to advocating for women’s and children’s rights.

Don’t miss what is sure to be a fascinating and inspiring conversation exploring the power of advocacy and education, and the importance of amplifying women’s voices in the ongoing fight for gender equity.

Donations to Dame Graça Machel’s work Empowering and Educating African Women can be made via Rotary Australia here.

Presented in partnership with Igniting Change

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or

About the Graça Machel Trust

Founded in 2010 to promote Women’s leadership & Children’s rights, The Graça Machel Trust is a consolidation of all the work by its founder, Graça Machel. Learn more at

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Please note, Sisonke Msimang will no longer be appearing at this event. Dame Graça Machel will now appear in conversation with Dr Kudzai Kanhutu.

Graça Machel

Graça Machel is an African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle for self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. She is a former freedom fighter in Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and that country’s first Minis... Read more

Kudzai Kanhutu

Multi-award-winning infectious diseases specialist, Dr Kudzai Kanhutu has received national recognition for her contribution to health equity initiatives. She has a particular interest in technical solutions to health problems from her experience of health innovation in her birth country Zimbabwe an... Read more


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