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Her Own Woman: Former First Lady, British Dame, Graça Machel Covers South Africa’s DESTINY Magazine



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“I believe African women have the capacity, talent and entrepreneurship to become big business. We’re saying that women have the right to own big businesses.” – Graça Machel DESTINY MAGAZINE June 2010 issue

Internationally recognized humanitarian, former First Lady, British Dame – Graça Machel speaks exclusively to the South Africa’s DESTINY Magazine, about probably one of her most fulfilling roles yet….

Graça Machel seems perpetually immersed in her life’s passion – that of encouraging and inspiring young women to be the best they can be…

“I always offer myself presents for my birthday and when I turned 60, I gave myself my scholarship programme for young women. So maybe for my 65th year I can give myself a slightly selfish gift!”

The fab interview & shoot was done at the exquisite & stylish Saxon Hotel (Oprah has stayed there)…

More flicks from the June issue of DESTINY Magazine…

Dame Machel’s founded the New Faces New Voices Network, a grassroots collection of inspiring women leaders in the banking and broader economic world whom she’s tasked with manoeuvering into positions of power in the financial system around the continent in order to give it a more humane, sustainable way of operating. “There are people who believe that if women had been more involved in the financial system, we probably wouldn’t have had the crisis we did,” she says.

Here is a video clip of Dame Machel talking about her new organization at the recently ended African Women Economic Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya…

African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka‘s message for the African Women Economic Summit…peep the vid: 

How much are we ♥’ing DESTINY Magazine’s profile of Dame Graca Machel ?

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Make sure you pick up your copy of the June issue of DESTINY Magazine!!!


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  • http://thandimuringa.wordpress.com Thandi M

    Amazing article! I totally dig this. Being a young woman in the Financial sector striving each day to empower women in financial literacy its inspiring to read about Machel's efforts! Thanks for sharing Farai!

  • http://thandimuringa.wordpress.com Thandi M

    Amazing article! I totally dig this. Being a young woman in the Financial sector striving each day to empower women in financial literacy its inspiring to read about Machel's efforts! Thanks for sharing Farai!