Loyce, 16 years, Malawi
Loyce comes from rural Malawi where traditional practices such as ‘Lobola’ (otherwise known as ‘Bride price’) are still common. Rather than invest in their daughters’ education, poor families will marry them off in return for money or cattle. Often with many children to support and little to sustain them, parents consider ‘Lobola’ to be a good option.
In Loyce’s view, such early and forced marriages lead to young girls missing out on education, remaining illiterate, giving birth young, suffering ill health effects and infant mortality.
Loyce believes that early & forced marriage could be prevented by introducing compulsory secondary education for girls and advocates the importance of having inspiring women role models in order to enable young girls to have the ideas and confidence to better defend their rights.