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11/25/2013 03:10 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Flora Gwirachewo

Flora Gwirachewo, 14
Christopher Mtima, Tribal Leader
Zomba District, Malawi

Traditional cultural practices such as child marriage are still enforced by most of the village heads in Malawi. That is what makes this video submission so inspiring. This video comes from Christopher Mtima, a tribal chief in the remote Zomba district of Malawi. Mr. Mtima works on behalf of his local community members in the areas of community development, human rights, adolescent girls' issues, early pregnancy and child welfare. In the video, he shares the story of Flora Gwirachewo, a 14-year-old girl from his district who took part in a training for adolescent girls through Chilimba Women and Children Support Organization, a local NGO working for the social welfare of women and children living in the rural communities. In this video, Flora shares how participating in this workshop and understanding her rights has changed her, her parents and her friends.

Flora's Story: (Mr. Mtima) My name is Christopher Mtima. And with me here is my colleague who is going to introduce herself.

(Flora) I'm Flora Gwirachewo, from Zomba in Malawi. I'm 14 years old. I attended an adolescent girls training where I learned about my rights. Because of this, I'm changing. Even my parents support the idea that the way I will live is changing to adopt the initiative. Even my friends are able to make good decisions now. Thank you for your interest.

(Mr. Mtima) I am very happy about what Flora was able to achieve from the training. And thank you also from me.

Let Girls Lead empowers girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling and strategic partnerships, contributing to improved health, education and livelihoods for more than three million girls globally.

Let Girls Lead's Global Girls' Conversation video contest highlights girls' power to create change by sharing their own solutions through short videos. The video contest is an exciting opportunity for girls, organizations working with girls and girls' allies to submit one to two-minute videos capturing girls' solutions and successes. In partnership with The Huffington Post, Let Girls Lead will feature these compelling videos on the Global Girls' Conversation interactive platform and on Huffington Post's Global Motherhood column, sharing girls' power to lead change with a global audience. Contest winners will receive $10,000 in cash, equipment, and training to create their own short films. For more information, please visit here.