How This Woman Chief in Malawi Uses Her Power
Mwanza Salima, one of Malawi's female chiefs promotes girls' education and has used her authority to eliminate harmful cultural practices, including child marriage. One practice she has help ban is called Gulewamkulu where a man wearing a mask to protect his identity during traditional ceremonies, could choose a young girl to have sex with and he would do that with all the initiates.
UNFPA, 14 November 2018
Married at the tender age of 14, Traditional Authority Mwanza, one of Malawi's female chiefs, knows only too well the opportunities that are lost when girls are married off early. Read more »
Traditional Authority Mwanza (centre) greets Queen Mother Best Kemigisa of Uganda’s Toro Kingdom.
"I find it hard sometimes because colleagues surrounding me are not [at the] forefront to fight these practices." - Traditional Authority Mwanza
Beatrice Kumwenda (right), UNFPA Gender Programme Specialist, with one of the girls who was taken back to school in T/A Mwanza's community.