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Ep 1: Chief Kachindamoto | COURAGE TO QUESTION VR

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Published on Mar 8, 2019

After meeting a girl who was forced to marry at 13, the Chief knew it was time for change.

The Courage to Question series takes you up close and personal with women’s rights activists across the globe as they fight for a world where women and girls can live free and equal.

Watch the virtual reality film series and join the fight for gender equality at http://unwomen.org/GoogleVR.

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Worldwide, more than 700 million girls alive today were married before their eighteenth birthday (UNICEF). Child marriage has devastating impacts on the realization of the rights of the child, from her right to an adequate education, to her right to sexual and reproductive health. Chief Theresa Kachindamoto has annulled 3,500 child marriages in the central region of Malawi and has helped girls to complete their education, often by subsidizing their schooling. Working with UN Women, the government, civil society and traditional leaders, Chief Kachindamoto contributed to the February 2017 adoption of a constitutional amendment raising the minimum age of marriage from 15 to 18 years. These achievements are against all odds—as the first woman leader in her village and in a village where child marriage is deeply embedded in cultural practice, Chief Kachindamoto’s fight for cultural change has required determination, leadership and persistence.

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Director: Megan Sullivan
Producer: Thea Hardy
Director Photography VR: Jenn Duong
Director Photography Traditional: Eve Cohen
Drone Operator & Sound: Danielle de Leon
Photographer: Jane Hahn
Post Production: Therapy Studios
Editor: Shannon Albrink
Post Producer: Margaret Ward
Production company: Novus Select
UN Women
Vital Voices
Supported by Google

Special thanks to the production teams, organizations, friends and family in each location who invited us into their communities and helped guide these women in the field.

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