Wait to Wed
Video and comic book summaries
Bahati and Fanaka are young advocates who are working to end child marriage in their community. In this episode, we learn how the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage can help them and other advocates to champion equal access for girls to education, health and rights.
Mrs. Mondlane pays a visit to Fanaka at the legal office to get advice on how to prevent her daughter Chisisi from being married off at a young age. Together with Bahati, they use the SADC Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage to help Chisisi and other girls who are in a similar situation.
Bahati and Fanaka have organized a meeting with some elders, traditional leaders, teachers, health care practitioners, parents and children from their community to talk about what child marriage is and how it affects the well-being of girls. The young advocates are passionate about promoting the SADC Model Law and empowering community members to do more to eradicate child marriage.
The legal office is buzzing with excitement today as Bahati and Fanaka prepare to televise Honourable Dalia Cumbe’s speech to her fellow parliamentarians about child marriage on International Day of the Girl. Honourable Cumbe has been working hard to petition against child marriage in parliament by using the SADC Model law to ensure that girls like Chisisi are able to live their dreams and fulfill their potential.
About the series
As an advocacy and awareness tool on ending child marriage, and to enhance the understanding of the SADC Model Law, UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with Girls Not Brides and SADC-PF, have produced this regional animated video and comic book series entitled Wait to Wed.
The SADC Model Law provides a guidance for law-makers, policy-makers, civil society and youth across the SADC region to ensure that the national legislation reflect the commitments of SADC member states to end child marriage.