Female Chief Terminates 850 Child Marriages in Malawi and Sends Girls Back to School !

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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto from Malawi during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Theresa Kachindamoto, a senior chief in the Dedza district of Malawi, claimed that her decision to take a stand came from her frustration over seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips.

According to a 2012 United Nations survey, more than half of Malawi’s girls are married before the age of 18. In addition, the country is ranked 8th out of 20 countries believed to have the highest child marriage rates in the world. Chief Kachindamoto is changing this one step at a time and has begun by annulling more than 850 child marriages, sending hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and by making astonishing strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require young girls to go to sexual initiation camps. Continue Reading