Memory Banda

Memory Banda

Memory Banda is a Malawian girls’ rights activist who led a national grassroots campaign to ban child marriage in Malawi. Banda became involved in advocacy after her younger sister was forced into marriage at 11 years old. Banda joined local organizations Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) and Let Girls Lead and began talking to other girls about their experiences in sexual “initiation camps.” She collaborated on a storytelling project called “River of Life,” where girls share their experiences, their dreams, and the challenges they face through art, storytelling, and poetry. The project was adopted into an advocacy campaign and helped bring about the ban on child marriage in 2015. Banda continues to advocate for girls in countries where child marriage still exists. She has been named a Rise Up girl leader and is in her sophomore year of college in Malawi.

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  • RT @MalawiUNICEF: Check out some of the pictures from the Day of the African Child celebrations which took place today in Lilongwe. During…Tue Jun 19, 4:51am
  • @szborgman Thank you Sarah, the event went on great.Sun Jun 17, 12:34am
  • RT @PlanMalawi: Train more special needs teachers and ensure availability of disability-friendly facilities in schools - #childrenhavespokeSat Jun 16, 6:25am

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