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Graça Machel

Graça Machel
Founder, Graca Machel Trust
Mozambique

Graça Machel DBE is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of both South African President Nelson Mandela and Mozambican President Samora Machel. Machel is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and was made an honorary British Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for her humanitarian work.

 

Graça Machel Mandela is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. As a panel member she facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convenes decision-makers to influence policy for lasting change in Africa.

 

Graça Machel founded the Graca Machel Trust in 2010 to promote Women’s leadership & Children’s rights.

 

On 18 July 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel Mandela, and Desmond Tutu convened The Elders. Mandela announced its formation in a speech on his 89th birthday. The group works on thematic as well as geographically specific subjects. The Elders’ priority issue areas include the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the Korean Peninsula, Sudan and South Sudan, sustainable development, and equality for girls and women.

 

Graça was named among the Inaugural List of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019 by Avance Media.

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