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Dec. 14, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"These are the people who are supposed to be protecting young people, but they're the ones who are the perpetrators, and that makes the response a lot harder,' Nankali Maksud, UNICEF Malawi's head of child protection told Al Jazeera in an interview in the capital Lilongwe" (para 25). "Kachindamoto is now asking parliament to increase the minimum age of marriage from 18 to 21 in an effort to break a cycle of rural poverty, which in recent years, has been exacerbated by floods and droughts" (para 45).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears.'Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer',' Misomali tells. No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says 'stubborn parents' won't stop giving away their children" (para 12-14). "Mary Waya, a former child abuse victim turned international netball star and now coach for Malawi's national team, nicknamed 'The Queens', says greater awareness of HIV is eroding this tradition"...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Realising that she couldn't change the traditionally set mentality of parents, Kachindamoto instead changed the law...The difficulties she faced included death threats. But Kachindamoto simply shrugged them off and reiterated the law" (para 32, 37).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"On the human development index, Malawi is considered as one of the world's poorest places, ranking 160th out of 182 nations. Early marriage is more common in rural areas, where parents are eager to get girls out of the house to ease their financial burden" (para 11). "Last year, this included sending Malawi's female MPs to rural schools. The girls in the community suddenly became eager to learn English - the language spoken in parliament. She has also been taking as many girls as she can from the village farms on trips to see the bright city lights. Kachindamoto is now asking parliament to increase the minimum age of marriage...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ISTD-DATA-3

"In a country where one in 10 people is infected with HIV, these rites of passage - which rarely involve the use condoms - can sentence girls to a lifetime of trauma, and an early death" (para 19).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"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. 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 900,000 people. But when the chiefs called, she says, they told her to pack her bags...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears."Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer'," Misomali tells. No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says "stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children" (para 12-14).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Reportedly at these sexual initiation camps , the girls are taught 'how to please men' by performing titillating dances and sex acts. Some "graduate" only by having sex with the teacher. Others return home untouched, only to be preyed on by a local "hyena" - men hired by parents to take their girls' virginity, or by prospective husbands to impregnate them" (para 18).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MABFC-DATA-1

"[Kachindamoto] was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways" (para 7). "A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18. It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world" (para 9).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"I see girls being abused, being sent to be prostitutes, taken out of school as parents have no money, or orphaned girls who have to provide for siblings, she says. She teaches girls to see their bodies as more than just objects for other people's pleasure. "They forgot that their body was so precious," Waya says" (para 28-29).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"One in five Malawian girls is a victim of sexual violence, as is one in seven boys, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Its survey found that most abusers are people that children trust and are related to, such as uncles, stepfathers and fathers" (para 24). "Some traditions promote sexual abuse within the family. If a girl's aunt or older sister falls sick, she can be sent to look after the household, and in some cases will be expected to have sex with her uncle or step-brother, according to one organisation working in the area, which asked to remain unnamed as Malawian authorities are not fond of such traditions...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'I see girls being abused, being sent to be prostitutes, taken out of school as parents have no money,' or orphaned girls who have to provide for siblings, she says. She teaches girls to see their bodies as more than just objects for other people's pleasure. "They forgot that their body was so precious,' Waya says" (para 28-29).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears.'Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer',' Misomali tells. No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children" (para 12-14). "In this area - outside Kachindamoto's jurisdiction - Misomali says that chiefs and police "can't intervene" as the community backlash is too strong. The litany of sexually abusive traditions here...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-DATA-1

"She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways" (para 7). "A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18" (para 9).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"In a country where one in 10 people is infected with HIV, these rites of passage - which rarely involve the use condoms - can sentence girls to a lifetime of trauma, and an early death" (para 19). "Mary Waya, a former child abuse victim turned international netball star and now coach for Malawi's national team, nicknamed 'The Queens', says greater awareness of HIV is eroding this tradition [of cleansing]" (para 22). "Still, 'in the village, you find some of the chiefs agree to do this cleansing', she says. There is also the local belief that sick men can cure themselves by having sex with virgins" (para 23).more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

"Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears."Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer'," Misomali tells.No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says "stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children" (para 12-14) Patrilocal, bride's family expect to give away daughter for economic stability (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Last year, this included sending Malawi's female MPs to rural schools. The girls in the community suddenly became eager to learn English - the language spoken in parliament" (para 43).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says "stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children.We see a lot of complications, like cesarean births and girls cut as their bodies are too small to give birth" (para 14-15).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

[Kachindamoto] was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways (para 7). "Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18. But under customary law of the traditional authorities, and the constitution, Malawian children can still marry with parental consent" (para 10). "Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears."Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The litany of sexually abusive traditions here include sending girls bound for marriage away to camps for 'kusasa fumbi' - which means cleansing. Reportedly at these sexual initiation camps , the girls are taught 'how to please men' by performing titillating dances and sex acts. Some 'graduate' only by having sex with the teacher. Others return home untouched, only to be preyed on by a local 'hyena' - men hired by parents to take their girls' virginity, or by prospective husbands to impregnate them" (para 17-18). "Some traditions promote sexual abuse within the family. If a girl's aunt or older sister falls sick, she can be sent to look after...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1

"The litany of sexually abusive traditions here include sending girls bound for marriage away to camps for 'kusasa fumbi'-which means cleansing...In a country where one in 10 people is infected with HIV, these rites of passage - which rarely involve the use condoms - can sentence girls to a lifetime of trauma, and an early death" (para 17, 19).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears" (para 12). "Unlike most victims who drop out of school, Waya soothed her childhood trauma by playing sports and through her studies. She meets victims of sexual abuse nationwide through her Mary Waya netball Academy" (para 27). "[Kachindamoto] then drew community members, the clergy, local committees and charities together to pass a bylaw that banned early marriage under the civil law" (para 35).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 900,000 people. But when the chiefs called, she says, they told her to pack her bags and go home to Dedza district, as she had been chosen as the next senior chief. She was told that she had been chosen because she was 'good with people', and that she was now the chief, 'whether I liked it or not', she recalls" (para 3-5) Chiefs hold legitimate political power in Malawi (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18." (para 10).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Mary Waya, a former child abuse victim turned international netball star and now coach for Malawi's national team, nicknamed "The Queens", says greater awareness of HIV is eroding this tradition" (para 22). "Unlike most victims who drop out of school, Waya soothed her childhood trauma by playing sports and through her studies. She meets victims of sexual abuse nationwide through her Mary Waya netball Academy" (para 27).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Many parents did not want to hear Kachindamoto's pleas to keep their girls in school, or her assurances that an educated girl would bring them a greater fortune. The common response was that she had no right to overturn tradition, nor, as the mother of five boys, to lecture others on the upbringing of girls" (para 30-31). "Over the past three years, Kachindamoto has broken up more than 850 marriages, and sent all of the children involved back to school" (para 39). "Kachindamoto says she often pays for, or finds other sponsors to pay for, the schooling of girls whose parents cannot afford to pay school fees. Through a network...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18" (para 10). "Realising that she couldn't change the traditionally set mentality of parents, Kachindamoto instead changed the law. She got her 50 sub-chiefs to sign an agreement to abolish early marriage under customary law, and annul any existing unions in her area of authority...She then drew community members, the clergy, local committees and charities together to pass a bylaw that banned early marriage under the civil law" (para 32-35).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways" (para 7). "A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18. It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world" (para 9). "According to Kachindamoto, who has banned these kinds of cleansing rituals, girls as young as seven are sometimes sent to these places" (para 20) Cleansing ritual takes place before marriage (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"One in five Malawian girls is a victim of sexual violence, as is one in seven boys, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Its survey found that most abusers are people that children trust and are related to, such as uncles, stepfathers and fathers" (para 24).
Dec. 14, 2018, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"A Malawian traditional leader has taken it upon herself to discourage the prevalence of child marriages within her constituency" (para 1). "Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled over 300 marriages, thereby applying the country’s new laws regarding child marriage. In April, President Peter Mutharika signed into a law a ban on child marriage, setting the minimum age requirement for marriage in the country at 18" (para 2). "'I have terminated 330 marriages of which 175 were girl-wives and 155 were boy-fathers, I wanted them to go to school and that has worked,' she told Nyasa Times, 'I don’t want youthful marriages, they must go to school…no child should be found loitering...more