#ChangeMakers Meet Angeline Makore: The Zimbabwean Activist Fighting Against Child Marriage

by Duchess Magazine
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Angeline Makore: Zimbabwean activist working to end child marriage

Born and raised in rural Zimbabwe, at age 14, Angeline Makore barely escaped being married to her sister’s husband, that experience shaped her as a leading advocate in Zimbabwe fighting to #endchildmarriage. Today, Makore more than ever before is tirelessly dedicated to putting an end to the practice of child marriage and empowering young girls in communities. She is founder of the non-profit advocacy group Spark R.E.A.D, (Spark Resilience, Empowerment, Activism and Development of girls and women).

Through Spark R.E.A.D, participants are enlightened through entrainment, in form of workshops, interactive poems, plays, and dance,
where they learn the impact of child marriage amongst other social vices and in turn, they become empowered agents of change in the community. The initiative also runs a mentorship program which helps to build girls’ confidence, leadership, and ability to speak in public.

Before establishing SPARK Read, the 21 year old has been active in advocacy, working as a volunteer in several organizations including Girl Child Network Zimbabwe and Young Women Christian Association Zimbabwe. She is also a member and director of Girls Not Brides.

In 2012, driven by the need to bring about a change, she founded the Spark R.E.A.D which sets a lens on putting a stop to sexual abuse and violence against women, as well as fostering health and wellbeing.

Angeline Makore served as an ambassador to the International Student Festival in Trondheim and was chosen as one of the members of the Peer to Peer Evaluating Judging Panel for Johnson & Johnson’s GenH Challenge in 2017.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a diploma in law from the University of South Africa.


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