“I talk to the parents,” she said to U.N. Women last year. “I tell them: if you educate your girls you will have everything in the future.”
One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto. In poor, rural regions like the Dedza District, rates of child marriage are particularly high, according to Unicef, and it can be hard to convince parents not to marry off their daughters in exchange for a dowry.
This is when leadership becomes paramount and Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi is provding that.
She was tired of seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips, according to Al Jazeera. She decided to take a stand and made 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child marriage in her area of authority.