Theresa Kachindamoto

 

Theresa Kachindamoto is the senior chief of Dedza district in Central Malawi. For almost 15 years Ms. Kachindamoto has used her authority to save young girls, sometimes as young as 12 years old, from forced marriage. She then put them back into the school system. According to UN Women, Ms. Kachindamoto is credited to have annulled over 1,500 child marriages, sending the girls back to school in her district.