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A Lifetime of Advocacy: An Evening with Dame Graça Machel

Dame Graça Machel is one of the world’s leading humanitarians and political activists.

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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 event for our World of Words international writers’ series, Machel spoke with Dr Kudzai Kanhutu about her 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.

Presented in partnership with Igniting Change.

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

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