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Malala to Deliver 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Malala, youngest Nobel laureate, delivers Mandela Lecture in December.

Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 1999 as a non-profit organization to promote freedom and equality for all. Previous speakers at the annual lecture have included, among others, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and previous UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

“Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai will deliver the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on December 5, 2023,” the organization said on its website.

Malala exemplifies the kind of leadership we think the world needs at all societal levels. She serves as an inspiring symbol of hope for a just and equitable future in the midst of today’s overwhelming global issues, according to acting chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Verne Harris.

This year’s annual lecture will focus on addressing critical issues, such as defining the necessary local and global leadership, implementing the type of leadership needed to achieve a fairer future, and outlining the vision for a more just future.

When Malala was ten years old, she started keeping an anonymous journal for the BBC about life in northwest Pakistan during the Taliban regime. She was shot in the head by militants in 2012 as a result of her support for girls’ education.

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making history as the youngest recipient ever. Her nonprofit, the Malala Fund, supports educational initiatives in numerous nations, collaborates with local and regional partners to invest in cutting-edge local solutions, and campaigns internationally for quality education for all girls.

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