Graça Machel, one of the world’s leading women’s rights activists is to deliver the Mary Robinson Centre’s Second Annual International Human Rights Lecture on 28th November 2015. The signature annual event of The Mary Robinson Centre, Ireland’s first Presidential Library, and we are honoured to have a global rights advocate who has campaigned tirelessly to champion equality for women and children join us for the occasion.
Machel’s guest lecture at The Mary Robinson Centre will address equality and justice for all in our society, looking at issues in today’s world that adversely affect women and children, including climate change, political and social unrest and the current migrant crisis. The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Graça Machel and Mary Robinson, facilitated by journalist Olivia O’Leary.
Graça Machel, who came to prominence as the Minster for Education and Culture in Mozambique following independence in 1975 has dedicated her life to the advancement of women and girls through education, health care, peace and security. Within two years of her term as Minister, Machel had boosted school attendance and lowered illiteracy. As founder of the Graça Machel Trust she continues this work across the continent of Africa.
As the wife of the late Nelson Mandela, Machel is one of the founding members of The Elders, and has been particularly involved in the Girls Not Brides campaign to end child marriage.
The Mary Robinson Centre’s Second Annual International Human Rights Lecture will take place on Saturday November 28th in St. Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina at 3.00pm. This event is free but booking is necessary to secure a seat.