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Memory Banda:
A warrior’s cry against child marriage

TEDWomen 2015 · 12:38 · Filmed May 2015
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Memory Banda’s life took a divergent 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. Banda, however, refused to go. Instead, she organized others and asked her community’s leader to issue a bylaw 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.

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Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls’ rights, in Malawi and around the world. Full bio
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