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Memory Banda

  • Malawi
  • Nkwazi

22 at the time of filming

24 at film release

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Most often, young people, we undermine ourselves, we undermine our abilities. But I have learnt, that’s it’s really young people that can change the world and at the same time changing our communities. For my example, it’s actually young people, who pushed from the community level, and then carried the messages to the national level, and then saw all the massive changes, that are happening is Malawi… It’s actually young people driving the change.

Her fight

Girls
empowerment

You can help

Foundation for Girls Leadership (F4GL) is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to responding to the challenges faced by vulnerable children and adolescent girls. Organization thematic areas:
1. Health
2. Education
3. Sexual reproductive health and rights including hiv/aids
4. Gender equality
5. Addressing gender based violence and mental health issues among adolescents
Currently the foundation is working on a mentorship and coaching program “Dream it, Be it: Career Support for Girls” funded by the Freedom Fund and the “She Dreams” Project being supported by the Mauch for Girls Foundation in Geneva (WMFFG Foundation) which will be supporting orphan children. The foundation is looking for funding partners to respond to its thematic areas
I have always wanted to build a community center for children support.
F4GL has a TalkShow, which is a digital platform for advocacy for young people. We are now hiring video production crew which is expensive. As such we are planning to start raising funds for purchasing heavy duty cameras as we are working towards setting up a studio for the program.
The foundation is open for international student researchers/volunteers.

Foundation for Girls Leadership

Bonus

FILM CLIP "BIGGER THAN US": WHY MEMORY REFUSED TO GO TO INITIATION CAMP

Memory Banda: a powerful speech at emlyon business school

On November 22, emlyon business school welcomed Memory Banda, a young activist of the #biggerthanus film who raised the age of marriage from 13 to 18 in Malawi and who fights for the emancipation of women through education .

MEMORY HAS BEEN FIGHTING AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER

"In this initiation camp, girls have to learn how to sexually satisfy a man."
Her sister got pregnant, had to drop out of school and get married at the age of 11. Since then, Memory Banda has fought tirelessly for the rights of women in her country, Malawi. This is her story.

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