Her name is Theresa Kachindamoto. Actually, she is a senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi. She has been avidly using her power to bring young women into a modern age of equality and enlightenment. Because, she was tired of seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with their babies.
She has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent many hundreds of young women back to school and focused heavily on abolishing what are known as “cleansing rituals” that require girls as young as seven to go to sexual initiation camps. She has raised the marriage age to 18 and is in a constant state of building rights for children.
According to Minds.Com everything started: She ordered 50 of her sub-chiefs to sign an agreement ending child marriage in Dedza District. Those that resisted the order were suspended until they annulled the marriages. After the children are freed from their arranged marriages (330 girls were released in June of 2015, alone) they are sent back to school, often on Kachindamoto’s own dime.
In June of 2015, 330 girls were realized and freed from the arranged marriages. After, they are sent back to school. Of course, Theresa Kachindamoto pays for their education.
She says: “If they are educated, they can be and have anything they want,”
This woman has changed the lives of so many. With more media attention, her power and influence grows and the children of Malawi continue to gain rights.
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