A WARRIOR’S CRY AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE

Rise Up girl leader Memory Banda’s life took a different path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there at age 11.

But Memory refused to go. Instead, she organized other girls and asked village chiefs to issue bylaws that no girl should be forced to marry before turning 18. She pushed on to the national level… with incredible results for girls across Malawi.

You can read more about ending child marriage in Malawi here.

Rise Up advances health, education, and equity by enabling girls, youth, and women to transform their own lives, communities, and countries. Rise Up invests in visionary leaders, local organizations, and innovative solutions to achieve large-scale change in 14 countries across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people globally.

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brigitte-perreault
brigitte-perreault

Editor

She is a powerful voice! Raising awareness, being a strong advocate and making a lot of noise about this issue is the key to ending child marriage. This is a human rights issue as well!

jean
jean

Editor

@jacksa good question! One way to motivate people is to share this with all your friends on social media. Many people haven knowledge about this topic!

jacksa
jacksa

Why dont we stand together against such brutality ?

jean
jean

Editor

Memory Banda is an example of courage for all women, and her efforts to end child marriage are to be applauded!

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