Memory Banda: A warrior’s cry against child marriage
Memory Banda - Activist
Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls’ rights, in Malawi and around the world. Full bio
the collection of poetry that we wrote,
"I'll Marry When I Want."
to initiation camps.
to sexually please a man.
by the community
she ended up being pregnant.
to the initiation camp.
to the initiation camps."
of our society, of our community."
where I was going.
a little something to my community.
Your little sister has a baby.
that I was hearing every day,
that girls hear every day
that the community needs them to do.
between me and my sister,
that has happened for a long time
forgotten how to read and write.
remind each other
how to read, to hold the book."
their personal stories,
that are happening to us
our traditional leaders,
and said no girl has to be married
not just in my community,
was being presented in February,
of Parliament were entering,
"Would you please support the bill?"
much technology like here,
their numbers and text them?"
we texted them back,
by the president,
marriage age, from 15 to 18.
that the bill passed,
is the legal marriage age,
of women and girls every day?
are being wasted away.
to honor their commitment.
at heart every time.
as we are in this room,
we are not just girls,
until it is enforced?
have been there,
at the local level,
at the community level every day.
that there are laws that protect them,
and defend themselves
there is a law that protects them.
not to marry whilst 11.
end child marriage in a generation.
and millions of girls worldwide,
About the speaker:Memory Banda - Activist
Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls’ rights, in Malawi and around the world.
Why you should listen
Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls' rights around the world. She is leading Malawi's fight to end child marriage through her work with Let Girls Lead and the Girl Empowerment Network of Malawi.
Only 18-years-old, Memory championed a succesful national campaign that culminated in landmark legislation that outlawed child marriage. Memory works with girl leaders to ensure that village chiefs ban child marriage, end sexual initiation practices, enable girls to finish school and live safe from violence in a country where more than half of girls are married as children.
Memory became an advocate for girls after her younger sister was forced into marriage at the age of 11. She is now a college student in Malawi.
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