Share this article Share During her week-long stay she said she was taught her about respecting her elders and doing household chores, but also how to have sex by the women that led the camp who are known as he women, known as anamkungwi, or 'key leaders'.
A girl is often married soon after she is found to be pregnant, deferring the cost of caring for her and her baby from her parents to her husband Children play at Lipunga village in Mchinji district.
Harriet Chanza of the World Health Organization said that in many agrarian communities, 'There's nothing like adolescence. A girl is often married soon after she is found to be pregnant, deferring the cost of caring for her and her baby from her parents to her husband.
But a child marriage is seriously dangerous for young girls. If present trends continue, million girls will be married before their 18th birthday over the next decade. Girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death worldwide for girls ages 15 to Child brides face a higher risk of contracting HIV because they often marry an older man with more sexual experience.
Girls aged between 15 and19 are two to six times more likely to contract HIV than boys of the same age in sub-Saharan Africa. International Centre for Research on Women 'You should be dancing and have a man on top of you, making him happy,' she was told. She said she was not told about the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases or how to protect herself. She was also forbidden from using a condom, although Grace did not refused to do her sexual cleansing.
During the initiation ceremonies, many girls have to unprotected sex with a man to prepare them for womanhood. Without undergoing this process, a girl was considered to be a child and was therefore illegible for marriages.
You are either a child or an adult. She says that some parents may actually want their daughters to get pregnant at a young age. Malawi rates 10th for the highest rate of child marriages in the world.
According to World Health Organisation figures, The consequences are appalling. Along with an education and childhood cut short, girls suffer a traumatic initiation into sexual relationships, are put at risk of domestic violence and STI's, and have the chance of a career or better life taken away.
Worse, many also die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications - the leading cause of death for girls aged between 15 and 19 years old in developing countries, according to UN figures.