Special line up announced for the 11th Desmond Tutu Annual Peace Lecture, on the Archbishop’s 90th birthday

Aug 31, 2021
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

The 11th Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture will take place on Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday, on 7th October 2021. 

The peace lecture, titled ‘Speaking Truth to Power: No future without justice’, will be delivered by four stellar global leaders who will explore the theme from their own respective view points. They include, the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s highest spiritual leader; women’s and children’s rights activist Graca Machel; chair of The Elders and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson; and South Africa’s former public protector, Thuli Madonsela

The Dalai Lama, who is a longtime friend of the Archbishop, had delivered the inaugural peace lecture in 2011. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet from Chinese occupation. 

Grace Machel is one of the world’s leading advocates for women’s and children’s rights. She is the deputy chair of ‘The Elders’, a network of independent global leaders established by her late husband, former South African president Nelson Mandela, in 2007 to work for peace, justice, and human rights. 

Mary Robinson is a globally recognised voice on climate change and frequently highlights the need for urgent and widespread action from world leaders. Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and the co-architect of several laws that have sought to anchor South Africa’s democracy.

Thuli Madonsela holds the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teachers constitutional and administrative law. 

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