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Young People Lead the Charge Against Child Marriage in Malawi

Youth activists in Malawi are proving that when young voices come together, they can make an enormous difference.

In February 2017, Malawi made history by amending its constitution to fully outlaw child marriage. The amendment came after years of campaigning by young people supported by Plan International.

Now, the youth activists are ensuring the public is educated about the new law.

Involving village chiefs was a key part of the youth advocacy work, as these traditional leaders carry great political sway. However, there are still many cases of child marriage in Malawi. Using communications tools such as the radio, community events, music, and theater, young people are engaging with community members to teach them about children's rights, make them aware that there is a law, and speaking up that it is time to truly end child marriage.

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