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Child Protection in Mozambique

Campaigning against violations of children's rights, with a focus on preventing early marriages, child labour and reducing the number of girls dropping out of school.

Child marriage is a widespread issue in Mozambique with 21% of girls married by the age of 15 and 56% by 18 – the seventh highest rate in the world.

Through the ‘18+ Ending Child Marriage’ project Plan International Mozambique and other Plan International offices in southern Africa work to raise awareness on the negative aspects of child marriage, to empower girls and to change the gender norms and practices that drive child marriage.

The message to end child marriages has been spread in numerous ways in Mozambique through pink billboards, buses and cars in Maputo, mural paintings in the cities of Maxixe and Inhambane, participation in radio and TV debates, facilitation of a media forum for journalists, recording of a music album with songs about early marriage, use of goodwill ambassadors and role models in various events and more.

In addition, 15 children’s clubs have been established in schools to give students knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, gender and early marriages.