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A Lifetime of Advocacy: An Evening with Dame Graça Machel


“At Graça Machel Trust, we don’t like talking of empowerment. You know why? It’s as if someone will empower women. Women have the power already. They do have it! What we are looking for is to advance women” – 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 was in conversation with Dr Kudzai Kanhutu. Together they reflect on Machel’s remarkable life and work, and her lifelong devotion to advocating for women’s and children’s rights.  

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


This event was presented in partnership with Igniting Change and supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership. 

It was recorded on Tuesday 6 June 2023 at the Wheeler Centre as part of World of Words.

Featured music is Living in a Fantasy by Pulsed. 

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