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Meet Graca Machel, The Only Woman In History That Was The First Lady For Two Different Republics

Graça Machel  is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican president Samora Machel. Machel is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work.

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Graca Machel With Samora

Graça Machel is a member from the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a gathering of ten recognized people who advocate at the most elevated amounts for fair and manageable improvement in Africa. As a board part she encourages coalition working to use and intermediary information, and assembles leaders to impact approach for enduring change in Africa.

Graça Machel is the main lady in history to have been first lady of two separate republics, filling in as the First Lady of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986 and the First Lady of South Africa from 1998 to 1999.


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Graca Machel With Mandela


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Graca Machel was married to Samora Machel (1933-86), President of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986. President Machel was killed in a plane crash on 19 October 1986. On 18 July 1998 she married Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, making her the first woman to be `First Lady’ of two different countries.


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