The greatest gift I was given in all of this was learning to stand in my light. That’s what confidence really is. Nefertiti is truly reborn.
At 18, I was most concerned with getting the latest Iphone. Memory Banda on the other hand, successfully influenced the Malawi parliament to raise the legal marriage from 15 to 18. After watching her sister get pregnant at 11, Memory vowed to defy the traditional practice of kusasafumbi, a practice in which young girls are forced into marriage once they begin menstruation.
Now an avid girl’s rights activist, Memory shows a glimpse of her strength and resilience in this passionate speech about girls right to choose at the TEDWomen 2015 conference.
Then came the elections later and nothing had changed –the women were sidetracked: the composition of the new government builds to reflect that crucial part men had played in bringing peace to the nation