Emma Watson visits Malawi to fight child marriages

first_imgHarry Potter movies star Emma Watson condemned child marriages during her visit to MalawiThe 26-year-old British actress was in Malawi as a goodwill ambassador for UN (United Nations) Women on the eve of International Day of the Girl Child, campaigning against the practise of teenagers being forced into marriage.Malawi lawmakers recently passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, making child marriage illegal, raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 but some local tribal chiefs have not recognised the legislation.Watson met with traditional leaders who have championed the annulment of child marriages in their communities.“Meeting with young girls, who like many in their country, are struggling with poverty and were pressured into early marriage, depriving them of their education in the process, made me realize just how important it is for women to be able to make their own choices, said Ms. Watsonlast_img

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