Mrs Graça Machel selected as incoming Chair of PMNCH Board

PMNCH Board welcomes Mrs Graça Machel as incoming Chair

05 APRIL 2013 | GENEVA -The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health is delighted to welcome Mrs Graça Machel as the Incoming Chair of the PMNCH Board.

Mrs Graça Machel is a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and has worked tirelessly as a social and political activist. Her many achievements include serving as the first Education Minister of Mozambique, and as past Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board. She has worked for the Elders, the Africa Progress Panel, and as part of the UN Secretary General Millennium Development Goals Advocates Group. As a member of the Elders, she was a key player in establishing Girls Not Brides: the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and she has recently founded the Graça Machel Trust.

Dr Juilio Frenk, the Outgoing PMNCH Board Chair (elected in December 2009) and Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health commented, “Mrs Machel needs no introduction in terms of her commitment and leadership. I am confident that the Partnership will continue to be successful”.

Mrs Machel has been ranked among the top 100 women: activists and campaigners (The Guardian 2011) and the top 100 most influential people (TIME 2010), and is a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons reporting to the UN Secretary-General on the post-2015 development agenda.

Graça Machel is the only woman in the world to have been First Lady of two countries: She was First Lady of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986 and the First Lady of South Africa from 1998 to 1999. The widow of former Mozambican President Samora Machel, Mrs Machel is now married to former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In 1997, Mrs Machel was made a British dame for her humanitarian work.