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Graça Machel

Graça Machel

Mozambican Politician and Humanitarian


Born 17-10-1945 in Incadine Mozambique

Graça Machel is the President of the Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique. She was became former South African president Nelson Mandela's third wife in 1998 until his death in 2013. Machel is the widow of Samora Machel, the first President of independent Mozambique. She was an Education and Culture Minister of the Government of Mozambique. In 1995 she received the Nansen Medal from the United Nations in recognition of her longstanding humanitarian work, particularly on behalf of refugee children.



Educational history

Tertiary

University of Stellenbosch

Completed 2008

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil)

University of Évora

Awarded in November 2008

Doutora Honoris Causa

University of the Western Cape

Awarded in 1992

Honorary Doctorate

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InterAction's Humanitarian Award | 1997

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire | Government of Britain

Global Citizen Award | New England Circle

Nansen Medal for Outstanding Contribution on Behalf of Refugee Children | UN

Africa Prize for Contribution to the Goal of Eliminating Hunger in Africa by the Year 2000

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Africa Progress Panel

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Frelimo Central Committee

Member, 1975 - 1989

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