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Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture is at Cape Town International Convention Centre
The focus for this year's lecture is gender equality
The 15th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture will be held in Cape Town this year. Delivering the lecture this year is the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed. This prestigious event takes place on Saturday, 25 November 2017 at the CTICC.
The annual Nelson Mandela Lecture invites prominent people to engage in dialogue on social issues, and this lecture is one of the most significant presented by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Past speakers include former president Thabo Mbeki, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former US president Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, to name a few.
The premise of the annual lecture is to raise awareness on topical issues affecting Africa and the world at large. At this year’s lecture, Mohammed will focus on gender equality in a talk around the theme “Centering gender: reducing inequality through inclusion”. The famous words of Nelson Mandela, “freedom cannot be achieved until women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression”, is particularly pertinent in this regard.
Last year Gates delivered a lecture around the theme “Living Together”. His speech focused on overcoming intolerance and prejudice, access to healthcare and education and reducing inequality and poverty.
During this lecture, Gates made a profound statement: “But if we invest in the right things – if we make sure the basic needs of Africa’s young people are taken care of – then they will have the physical, cognitive, and emotional resources they need to change the future. Life on this continent will improve faster than it ever has. And the inequities that have kept people apart will be erased by broad-based progress that is the very meaning of the words: “living together.”
TICKETS TO THE 15TH ANNUAL NELSON MANDELA LECTURE 2017
There is no charge of admission for this lecture. However, the public needs to apply online at the nelsonmandela.org for accreditation to this event. The CTICC has a capacity of 1 500 pax, and since most seats will be taken up by invited guests, there are 300-400 available seats for successful applicants.
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