‘I want to be President’ – Malawi’s little voices against child labour

Programme and Operations Officer for eastern and southern Africa at the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

When you talk of Malawi, many people think: “Oh, yes the country where Madonna adopted two children.”

The south-eastern African country also made the news in April 2012 when Joyce Banda took office as president, becoming the second woman to lead a country in Africa.

To me, Malawi is a place of hope and the home of a frail 10-year-old girl with big black eyes with the stern look of a child who has grown up too quickly. I don’t even know her name but she made a huge impression on me.

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