As the world commemorates the International Women’s Day today, Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza is in the US to receive an award for her push to end child marriages and ensure that every girl learns.
The acclaimed Ngoni traditional leader is among the world’s influential women who will be honoured, for their distinguished roles in promoting women’s rights, at the Global Awards slated for tonight in Washington.
A statement from Vital Voices Global Partnership shows that Kachindamoto will receive the coveted Vital Voices Leadership Award at a gala to be graced by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan whose work on women, girls and refugees has gained global acclaim.
The chief jetted off alongside rights activist Habiba Osman, the UN Women’s specialist for the elimination of violence against women and girls campaign.
The chief has become a global icon having terminated over 2 000 teen marriages involving girls who have not reached their 18th birthday.
Her constant campaign to ensure girls remain in school and those withdrawn re-enrol persuaded Al Jazeera to christen her “fearless terminator of child marriages”.
In an interview yesterday, Osman, who is among honourees, said: “Not only did she do that; Kachindamoto also kept a firm hand in ensuring her subjects abide by her by-laws, leading to the arrest of several defiant village heads in the process.
“Basically, she has been strong for a female leader. The awards, therefore, want to cherish the role she continues to play.”
The chief’s determined struggle has won her several awards
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, and many more will take the stage at the 16th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards.