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Welcome to the first issue of the Graça Machel Trust newsletter. We aim to keep you updated every four months about our advocacy for women's and children's rights in Africa. We introduce you to our programme managers and highlight the work achieved under our three main areas; children's rights, women's rights and governance and leadership. Please contact us for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Under the flagship of the Children’s Rights programme, Mrs. Graça Machel visited Malawi in August to accelerate efforts to end child marriage, improve education of the girl child, improve nutrition outcomes and met with Civil Society Networks, Government Ministers, Parliamentarians and networks of African business women and Agribusiness together with UNICEF. These activities and advocacy efforts were amplified in October in Zambia as well as the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health’s (PMNCH) 17th Board meeting. To review the 2016-2020 Strategy in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

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3rd Annual NABW meeting took place from 17 to 19 November, Johannesburg ZA. – This meeting brought together women from 10 African countries. It is a critical annual event for building the cohesion of the regional networks to ensure their national efforts are elevated to a higher level. Women face common challenges across the continent and need to build a common front to resolve them. The Graça Machel Trust believes the solidarity, learning and commitments made from the annual meeting provides the motivation and energy to build and grow the NABW and AWAB business networks.

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The very First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa was held in Lusaka, Zambia during the last week of November 2015. The Summit proved to be a huge success, with actors across spheres coming together to highlight the significant problems affecting the girl-child in Africa, as well as engendering the change that needs to happen to prevent the continuous violation of the rights of children. The well attended Summit featured participants from 52 African countries and 16 other countries across the globe. Mrs. Machel participated in the second phase of the #MyLifeAt15 campaign, an initiative of one of Graça Machel Trust’s partners – Girls not Brides - that was launched at the Summit.

 
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Mrs. Graça Machel in her capacity as a global advocate for women and children’s rights, participated in the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals on the 25th of September. On the right are the goals adopted related to the UNGA.

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Key highlights include:

• Launch of the Global Nutrition Report on 22 September
• #Underonesky for on the eve of the adoption of the SDGs #LightTheWay on 24 September
• Virgin Unite - Richard Branson B-Team on the importance of the SDGs on 24 September
• Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) high level gathering on 26 September
• Focus on education and health at a meeting with the Global Partnership for Education, UNICEF, Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids, TB, and Malaria on 26 September
• Social Good Summit 2015 on 27 September, Mrs. Machel advocated for Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
• #UpforSchool NYC Townhall - Gordon & Sarah Brown’s campaign for equal access to education for all children, 28 September
• Novo Foundation & Ford Foundation – Making Girls’ Voice count focused on Ending Child Marriage, 29 September

Views and Op-Eds

• With Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in March; How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work. Read here

• With Mabel van Orange of Girls Not Brides; Shaming us into action: The 18 year-old girl from Malawi blazing a trail to end child marriage. Read here.

• A discussion with Philanthropist, Ann Cotton at the Skoll Global Treasure Award in April is available .

• With Leila Pakkala of UNICEF; Speaking up for Girls' Rights on the Day of the African Child. Read here

• Graça Machel; How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide. Read here.

• Graça Machel and Mark Dybul; Education and Health: the Spandrels to Build a Gender Equal World. Read here

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Congradulations

Congratulations to Elizabeth Swai of NABW Tanzania – a finalist in the Mail & Guardian Individual Award for Drivers of Change. Her business, AKM Glitter Company, specialises in poultry farming and has a number of hatcheries that provide day-old chicks and fresh eggs to market. Her work has played a pivotal role in creating a network of more than 100 farmer groups. READ MORE

School

The Graça Machel Trust Scholarship Programme was launched in 2008, supported by Sasol and Macsteel. The programme is jointly managed by Canon Collins and The Trust, it was established to enable African women of all ages to access post-graduate studies and targets highly specialised sectors where women are under-represented. In 2015, four new scholars were awarded scholarships to bring the total number of Graça Machel Scholars to over 80 since inception.

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Networking 

Networking women in Africa

The work of the Trust is to strengthen the capacity of the networks to better serve their members and to act as the voice of business women in their countries and regions. We organise new or existing networks of women to influence change in economic and social policies. We also work with women entrepreneurs by facilitating their training and capacity building.

The work of the Trust is to strengthen the capacity of the networks to better serve their members and to act as the voice of business women in their countries and regions. We organise new or existing networks of women to influence change in economic and social policies. We also work with women entrepreneurs by facilitating their training and capacity building.

The Trust has three networks with a focus on promoting access to finance and markets, growing women's businesses in various sectors, influencing policy, and providing mentoring. The three networks are the Network of African Business Women (NABW), present in 10 countries; the network of women in finance, known as New Faces New Voices (NFNV) has 15 chapters; and the Network of African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB) is present in 5. Some of progress in the first of the year included.

The Network of African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB) met in Lilongwe, Malawi from 11 to 14 May to discuss the roll-out plan of the Food Basket Project. This project is the initiative of AWAB members and is coordinated by the Trust. It aims to address food and nutritional security risks in Southern Africa through improved production and productivity of grains, specifically maize, soya, sugar beans, ground nuts, cow peas and pigeon peas. The project also aims to create multiple business opportunities to women in the agribusiness sector. The pilot of the project will target four countries Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

Through the Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations (FEWA), the Trust supported the training of 135 business women in Kenya on the process of public procurement. This follows the passing of state legislation in 2012 that 30% of all government tenders be reserved for women, youth and persons with disabilities.

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The work of the Trust is to strengthen the capacity of the networks to better serve their members and to act as the voice of business women in their countries and regions. We organise new or existing networks of women to influence change in economic and social policies. We also work with women entrepreneurs by facilitating their training and capacity building.

The Network of African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB) met in Lilongwe, Malawi from 11 to 14 May to discuss the roll-out plan of the Food Basket Project. This project is the initiative of AWAB members and is coordinated by the Trust. It aims to address food and nutritional security risks in Southern Africa through improved production and productivity of grains, specifically maize, soya, sugar beans, ground nuts, cow peas and pigeon peas. The pilot of the project will target four countries Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.






The focus of the Children's Rights Programme is to advocate for access to nutrition as priority in development and we work with countries in Africa to fight for an end to child marriage and promote the rights of girls to education.

• In January, led by Mrs Machel, we undertook the first fact finding mission on girls’ education and child marriage in the Mara region and Dar-es-Salaam. The mission was part of a plan to develop an intervention in the region that will address the rights of girl to education. Click here to watch the video of the trip from Dar-es-Salaam to the districts of Tarime and Masanga.

Our nutrition programme is fully supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF. In May, the Trust held the CSOs consultation for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. This global meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The consultation started with a CSO dialogue on the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda co- hosted by CIVICUS and the Trust. Click here
Trust promotes and documents African women's contribution and leadership, we also enhance the global activism of our Founder. Mrs. Machel is involved in various global organisations with the aim of creating opportunities for women and children to realise their full potential. Her advocacy focuses on children's access to education, ending child marriage, MDGs and the post 2015 agenda, and women's economic rights. READ MORE<br


Some of her engagements include her role as chairperson of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. She took part in the Consultation for the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy on women's, children's and adolescents' Health. The Global Strategy is available here In June, as member of the Africa Progress Panel, she led the launch of the Africa Progress Report at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.







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The Graça Machel Trust works across the continent to amplify women’s movements, influence governance, and advocate for the protection of children’s rights and dignity. The Trust consolidates the work of its founder, Mrs. Graça Machel and seeks to build on her legacy by inspiring the young generation to take up new challenges and create societies that value and care about social justice.
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