Chief Theresa brings Social Revolution to Girls and Women

Malawi’s fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages
Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 child marriages in three years, and banned the sexual initiations of young girls.

by Hannah McNeish  Al Jazeera 

b54f8a77d1aa479399009a503e27fc6a_18 (1) Theresa Kachindamoto was the youngest of 12 children born into a family of chiefs [Hannah McNeish/  

Mtakataka, Malawi – The mild-mannered woman who zips around a farmhouse packed with knick-knacks and insists her guests eat a meal before any introductions, presents a character at odds with her fearsome reputation of being Malawi’s top marriage terminator.

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a secretary at a city college in Zomba, another district in Southern Malawi.

Chief annuls child marriages so that girls in Malawi can go to school
Chief annuls child marriages so that girls in Malawi can go to school

She had no desire to return home to Monkey Bay, a stunning cluster of mountains in Dedza District around Lake Malawi. Although she had the blood of chiefs – Malawi’s traditional authority figures – running through her veins, as the youngest of 12 siblings, a woman, and a mother of five, Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 100,000 people. Continue reading “Chief Theresa brings Social Revolution to Girls and Women”

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