Through the regional 18+ Ending Child Marriage project, Plan International Mozambique is working 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.
At a national level, Plan International Mozambique has supported and contributed to the newly adopted national strategy to reduce child marriage and is a part of the national anti-child marriage coalition, which has supported the production of a national statistics report on the annual number of child marriages in the country.
We held a media forum to raise awareness about child marriage, to reflect on how the media portrays girls and women and to discuss the role of media in empowering this often marginalised group.
A ’Pinkification’ campaign was carried out in the cities of Maputo, Maxixe and Inhambane, which gained widespread publicity. Pink billboards, buses and mural paintings were visible throughout the cities sending the message to say no to child marriage.
We have also conducted training sessions for staff members, partners, government representatives and school club facilitators on sexual and reproductive health rights.