Malawi Govt Urged to End Child Marriage

President Joyce Banda has been urged to address child marriage in a country where one in two girls marries before the age of 18 due to widespread poverty and a lack of opportunities.


  • Malawi:  Govt Urged to End Child and Forced Marriages

    Human Rights Watch, 6 March 2014

    The government of Malawi should increase efforts to end widespread child and forced marriage, or risk worsening poverty, illiteracy, and preventable maternal deaths in the country, ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Elections, Polygamy Derail Plans to End Child Marriage

    AlertNet, 6 March 2014

    Hopes that child marriage will soon be outlawed in Malawi, where one in two girls marry before the age of 18, are fading amid opposition from traditionalists supporting polygamy ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Trading Sex for Food and Money, Half of Girls Married By 18

    AlertNet, 6 March 2014

    At the age of 10, Chimwemwe started having sex with a 15-year-old boy because he gave her money to buy the food and clothes that her parents could not afford. read more »

  • Malawi:  From Child Bride to Sex Worker

    AlertNet, 6 March 2014

    Chikondi was 14 years old when she was forced to marry her 19-year-old boyfriend, she told Human Rights Watch in a report about child marriage in Malawi. read more »


  • Malawi:  Chief Proposes Stiff Punishment for Forcing Girls Into Marriage

    Malawi News Agency, 17 February 2014

    Senior Chief Chimwala of Mangochi has advised traditional leaders in the district to mete out stiff punishments to parents who stand in girls' education way by forcing them into ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Rape of Minors and Risk of HIV Increase in Malawi

    Key Correspondents, 14 February 2014

    Police reports indicate that many parts of Malawi are registering a sharp rise in cases of rape of girls under the age of 16. read more »

  • Malawi:  Nsanje's Kuchene Women Forum Rescues 200 Girls

    Malawi News Agency, 8 December 2013

    About 200 girls who dropped out of school in Nsanje due to early marriages and pregnancies have gone back to school, thanks to Kuchene Women Forum. read more »

  • Malawi:  Karonga Women Forum Separates 13 Year Old Girl's Marriage

    Malawi News Agency, 6 December 2013

    Karonga women's forum, a voluntary group against violation of women and children's rights, has separated from marriage a 13 year old Memory Mkandawire from Bunganilo Village in the ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Chiefs Challenged to End Early Marriages

    Malawi News Agency, 2 December 2013

    Non-Governmental Organisation Gender Coordinating Network (NGO GCN) Permanent Committee on child rights has challenged community leaders in Traditional Authority (TA) Chulu in ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Mzimba Registers 18 Forced Marriages in Four Months

    Malawi News Agency, 22 November 2013

    Girl child abuses seem to refuse dying in Mzimba despite interventions by many organizations as the district has registered 18 forced marriages in the past four months. read more »

  • Malawi:  Malawi Man Arrested for Defilement of 13 Year Old Girl

    Malawi News Agency, 5 November 2013

    Police in Machinga have arrested a 47 year old Wisiki Njazi of Njahito Village, Senior Traditional Authority Liwonde in Machinga for defiling and impregnating a 13 year old school ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Parliament Asked to Increase Marriage Age to 21

    Malawi News Agency, 31 October 2013

    Members of the High-Level Task force for women, girls Gender and HIV on Wednesday asked Speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Chimunthu Banda to consider bringing back in ... read more »

  • Malawi:  321 Children Rescued From Child Abuses

    Malawi News Agency, 17 October 2013

    A total of 321children have been rescued from various abuses in Mangochi district according to Namwera Aids Coordinating Committee. read more »

  • Malawi:  Chiefs Join Hands in Fighting Against Early Marriages

    Malawi News Agency, 14 October 2013

    Mangochi District Youth Officer Kumbukani Manda says since the youth are leaders of tomorrow, they need to take care of themselves in terms of intellectual and abstaining from ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Dealing With Early Marriages Through Adolescent Corners

    Malawi News Agency, 1 October 2013

    Nkhota kota, October 1, 2013: In life we make bold decisions which shape our future. For Lusungu Chikoya, she says going back to school after teenage pregnancy is one of the bold ... read more »

Children in Malawi (file photo).