Memory Banda–Rise Up Advisory Board Member & Girl Leader–not yet 20–has spent the past few years of her young life in Malawi campaigning against child marriage. Her efforts are paying off. Read more about her journey in this Forbes Women Africa article.
Despite the significant step forward by the Malawian government in raising the minimum age of marriage from 15 to 18, Faith Phiri, Executive Director of Rise Up partner Girls Empowerment Network, talks about the work that must still be done to ensure elimination of the issue.
Memory Banda, 19, was inspired to help end child marriage in Malawi after her sister was impregnated by a man at an initiation camp and forced to marry him.
Over the years, we’ve had so many wonderful and moving talks at the TEDWomen conference, but perhaps one of the most striking was Malawi activist Memory Banda. The amazing 18-year-old presented at last year’s event – and inspired us all with her story.
Rise Up Youth Champion Nakita Shavers talks with Family Planning Voices about the population, health and environmental struggles faced by communities in the United States.
News Deeply’s Women and Girls Hub sits down with Rise Up Youth Champion Tinbit Daniel to discuss how her innovative TV and radio shows are improving literacy rates among Ethiopian youth.
News Deeply talks to Rise Up Youth Champion Gayatri Parameswaran, a member of a group of young Indian journalists and experts bringing sex advice to the country’s 520 million Hindi-speakers with Love Matters, the first website of its kind.
Rise Up speaks with Francesca Adeola Abiola, Program Officer, Action Health Incorporated, Nigeria and Rise Up Champions for Change leader.
Rise Up speaks with Wale Adeleye, National Coordinator, Civil Society for Family Planning, Abuja, Nigeria and Champions for Change leader.
In this article, girl leader Memory Banda discusses the importance of investing in girls and their allies as an effective strategy to improve laws, policies, funding, and programs for girls.
Denise Dunning, Executive Director of Rise Up and Michele Moloney-Kitts of Together for Girls teamed up at CSW to support the Girl Declaration, a post-2015 agenda that champions the rights, hopes, and dreams of girls everywhere. This article highlights three reasons why the global community must invest in young women to ensure that girls’ rights are a priority.
This article features Malawian Girl Leader Memory Banda. Memory has been advocating for the passage of the Child Marriage Law in Malawi alongside Rise Up Grantee GENET. She shares why she is an advocate for girls and the personal struggles propelling her work.
Guatemalan girl leader Emelin spoke at the UN Commission on the Status of Women alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Melinda Gates about the obstacles girls face in her community and how she and Elba persuaded the mayor to implement and fund policies to help.
Girls’ Globe talks to leaders working to save lives of mothers and babies at Women Deliver, including Rise Up Executive Director Denise Dunning. Denise shares her near-death experience giving birth to her son and the experiences of women worldwide, who haven’t been as lucky as she.
Denise Dunning and Joyce Mkandawire explain how advocates secured the law banning child marriage in Malawi and why this law is a game-changer for girls everywhere.
Rise Up Executive Director Denise Dunning and GENET’s Joyce Mkandawire highlight how local organizations are helping girls speak out so communities can abandon child marriage and other harmful practices.
Carlisle J Levine in Arlington and Vanessa Siliezar in La Ceiba write about the Honduran Coalition in Honduras. The Coalition is working to lower the rates of aids and pregnancy in a country where religion is contributing to high rates.
An intimate interview with Executive Director Denise Dunning about what motivates her to advocate for and with adolescent girls. The article describes the work of Rise Up and highlights how readers can get involved.
Stacy Khadaroo writes about how social entrepreneurs are transforming their societies with the help of Rise Up, which offers training and support to foster a global girls’ movement.
An interview with Elba Graciela Velásquez Hernández, star of the powerful documentary PODER, about the most pressing issues of the day and how she plans to address them.
It might not be data-driven and it’s definitely subjective, but enabling girls to tell the stories of the obstacles they face can change community attitudes and policy.
Champions for Change Country Representative Theresa Kaka Effa describes her journey to get the National Health Bill in Nigeria passed to ensure that women have access to better health care services.
Rise Up Executive Director Denise Dunning announces the launch of the Champions for Change workshop in Nigeria, asks important questions about maternal morbidity and highlights unique strengths that C4C brings to the RMNCH field in Nigeria.
Contributor Aminu Magashi writes about the history of maternal, newborn & child health in Nigeria and the excitement following the launch of new initiative Champions for Change.
Rise Up girl leader Memory Banda speaks at the Social Good Summit and Clinton Global Initiative during United Nations General Assembly week 2016.
Rise Up leaders from Africa and the United States make their voices heard at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Emerita is interviewed by Nicolle Cerrat, girl major, on the daily show Cada Mañana in her segment Educando a Papa. The interview focuses on letting girls lead and balancing gender roles starting in the household.
In an interview by Comcast, Rise Up Program Coordinator, Claudia Romeu talks about the advocacy workshop held by Rise Up at the first annual World Wide Women’s Girls Festival.
Rise Up Girl Leader, Achie Gezahegne Gebre talks about the importance of listening to and investing in youth alongside UN Foundation President & CEO, Kathy Calvin at the World Government Summit.
Rise Up Girl Leader, Memory Banda talks about fighting against the age-old custom in Malawi of sending girls to so-called “initiation camps” after they start their first period as part of a regular series on African Women You Need to Know by BBC.
Denise Dunning talks to Mike Walter on Full Frame, CCTV America, about Rise Up’s work to transform the lives of girls, youth and women around the globe.
During the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative, Rise Up Girl Leader Memory Banda was interviewed by Chelsea Clinton. She talks about why girls end up in child marriage and her campaign culminating in the 2015 national law banning this traditional practice in Malawi.
During the 2016 Social Good Summit, Rise Up Girl Leader Memory Banda talks with Rise Up Executive Director Denise Dunning. She shares her powerful work with girls and cites the 2015 landmark law that ended child marriage in Malawi. Watch the video here
Rise Up Youth Champion Tinbit Daniel was interviewed by Ambassador Catherine Russell at +Social Good 2016. She talks about her work evolving gender roles in Ethiopia and leading video workshops for girls.
Memory, Achie, and Emelin join LGL’s Executive Director Denise Dunning to discuss issues facing girls around the world in this powerful interview, which aired during UN CSW 2015.
Cecilia Garcia Ruiz, of Espolea, Melissa Kubvoruno, Youth Delegate to the African Union, Denise Dunning, of Rise Up, and Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, of World YWCA, speak together onstage at the Health Women & Children +SocialGood event in South Africa. Denise Dunning’s speech is at minute 4:06.
Let Girls Lead advocate, 18-year old Memory Banda from Malawi, took the stage alongside Graca Machel and Mabel van Oranje at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford. Memory spoke of her powerful work to end child marriage.
Champions for Change supports Nigerian advocacy for RMNCAH. As Obinna-Nojoku explains, one factor that may contribute to Nigeria’s rising crime among youth is the wide gap between education and jobs.