This year, the Day of the African Child focuses on child marriage, which affects 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Child marriage perpetuates the cycle of poverty by causing girls to drop out of school and have children before they are fully developed. Kumbukani Mwanyongo is an activist and a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association, where she works to educate girls about their rights.
Here she answers questions on confronting child marriage in Malawi: http://ow.ly/Omlvx
Photo: Kumbukani Mwanyongo