At 50%, Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Although the Malawian parliament raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 in 2015, customary law, and the constitution, still allow children to be married with parental consent. Parents and guardians typically arrange child marriages, and in rural areas in particular, parents are eager to marry their daughters to ease their financial burden. Child brides are deprived of their fundamental right to an education, which contributes to the under-enrollment of girls in secondary school, compared to boys nearly 2:1. Additionally, early marriage puts girls at a greater risk to disease, dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, and domestic violence. These effects carry from one generation to the next and negatively impact the health and educational attainment of their own children.
Advancing Girls' Education in Africa’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development.
By attending all four years of high school, 91% of AGE Africa scholars have delayed marriage and pregnancy to past the age of 18! This means they are empowered to make healthy life decisions and have the resources and skills they need to self-advocate and earn their own income.
On our special day, we would like to encourage our guests to join us in supporting girls' access to secondary education, in lieu of a wedding gift. Together, we can ensure that young women living in rural Malawi have the opportunity to attend high school and to dream of a future for themselves beyond early marriage or parenthood.
Every contribution has an impact:
- $35 Buy a Uniform
- $50 Buy School Supplies
- $100 Buy a Bicycle
- $250 Sponsor six months of Career Guidance and Life Skills mentoring for one young woman
- $500 Support one young woman's scholarship for one year
- $750 Guarantee one year of AGE Africa's program for one young woman
For more information, please visit www.ageafrica.org. Thank you!