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SENIOR CHIEF THERESA KACHINDAMOTO – in Vital Voices Global Partnership

“If girls are educated, they can be and have whatever they want.”

Theresa Kachindamoto didn’ t expect to become one of Malawi’ s Senior Chiefs. She’ s the youngest of 12 siblings and a mother of 5. But she also has chieftain blood. Theresa was content, living in the small city of Zomba and working as a secretary at the local college. Then one day she was told to pack her bags and come home to Monkey Bay – she’ d been made Senior Chief of Dedza District.

She wore traditional red robes and set out to meet her people. Dedza District sits between Mozambique and Lake Malawi. It’ s home to 900,000 people and the average family lives on $11 a month. In Malawi, half the population lives under the poverty line. The country also has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world: 1 in 2 girls is married by 18. For poor families, early marriage is a way to ease their economic burden. It’ s also a custom that many cling to as a cultural rite. FOR MORE


CULTURE, education, gender equity, women leaders, womens history, WOMENS LIVES


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