In 2015 Dr Ela Gandhi visited Sydney, Australia, to share the principles of Non Violence as a means of inspiring change. Following in the footsteps of her Grandfather, the honourable Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Ela Gandhi is empowering a new generation across the world to become ambassadors of Non Violent activism.
About the speaker:
Dr Gandhi has made an outstanding contribution to social change in South Africa by promoting the continued relevance of her grandfather’s philosophy of non-violent action for peace and justice.
During apartheid, Dr Gandhi was banned in 1975 from political activism and subjected to house arrest for nine years. She was also among the members of the United Democratic Front (UDF) leadership who met with Nelson Mandela the day before he was released from Pollsmoor Prison.
Dr Gandhi served as a member of the Parliament of South Africa from 1994 – 2004. She founded the Gandhi Development Trust in 2002 to promote a culture of peace, justice and non-violence. In 2007, she established the International Centre of Non-Violence (ICON) to advocate the teaching of non-violent methods of resolving conflict to school children and university students in South Africa.