The success of this campaign was down to the hard work of Memory and her fellow youth activists who campaigned on this issue for several years.
In 2015 a Bill was passed by the Malawian government that outlawed child marriage. But the new law was undermined by the country’s constitution, which still allowed children to be married from 16, with parental consent.
The young campaigners continued their campaign to close this loophole in the countries constitution and your support made their voices heard!
We believe that the most powerful advocates for change are young people and this amazing group have made incredible strides.
youth advocates' conference
The young campaigners organised a conference in early September 2016, where they worked with decision-makers and rallied support to amend the constitution.
The First Lady of Malawi attended the conference and Memory handed the petition over to her. The First Lady said, "Today I have seen the power of girls when they stand together to make things happen. As your goodwill ambassador I will work with you."
In February 2016 the government of Malawi pledged to change their constitution and make child marriage illegal - thanks to the incredible hard work and persistence of the young campaigners and the support of people across the globe!
Winning the Big Impact Award
For our successful campaign to change the constitution and end child marriage in Malawi we received the Big Impact Award in the Third Sector Awards 2017, which celebrates projects that have a substantial impact on national or international life. We asked young advocates and campaigners in Malawi to speak to you directly, putting their voices and experiences at the forefront.
The Third Sector judges said that we "showed an incredible amount of faith in [our] young campaigners", but it wasn't just us – over 42,000 of you joined us to stand with Memory and her fellow youth activists.