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.