Ms Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, will deliver UNSW’s 2015 Gandhi Oration on Friday 30 January.

The annual oration commemorates India’s Martyrs’ Day, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948, and is delivered by a person whose life work exemplifies Gandhian ideals.  

The Oration will be preceded by a remembrance ceremony at the Gandhi bust on the UNSW Library Lawn. Guests are encouraged to attend both the ceremony and oration.

Ela Gandhi has been active in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa for many years and was under house arrest for nine years during the struggle against apartheid. She is the Guardian of the Phoenix Settlement, the iconic centre established by Mahatma Gandhi, and founded the International Centre on Non-Violence of which there is an Australian Chapter.

A member of the Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, Ms Gandhi remains a champion of women's rights and a strong advocate of the teaching of the principles of non-violence at every level of education, starting at the formative pre-primary age.

Hear ABC Radio National Breakfast's interview with Ela here.

Remembrance CeremonyTime: Arrive at 5.15pm for 5.30pm start Light refreshments will be served prior to the Remembrance CeremonyVenue: Library Lawn, UNSW Kensington Campus

Annual Gandhi OrationTime: Registration from 5.30pm for 6.15pm start Light refreshments will be served prior to orationVenue: The Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington Campus

Registrations are essential for attendance at both events by Monday 19 January 2015.

The 2015 Gandhi Oration is proudly sponsored by TATA Consultancy Services.

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media, 02 9385 1583 or 0424 580 208