Mozambique has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world with almosr 50% of girls married before the age of 18 years. As of October of 2019, Mozambique introduced Law No. 19/2019, making it illegal to marry or enter into union prematurely or before the age of 18.
Child marriage is a widespread issue in Mozambique and Plan International Mozambique implements the "18+ Ending Child Marriage" project, targeted at girls and boys through various school clubs, to inform them about their sexual and reproductive rights, the existing law on early marriage and the available support mechanisms to report cases of child marriage.
Our work in Mozambique aims to raise awareness on the negative aspects of child marriage and to change the gender norms and practices that drive child marriage, often resulting in unwanted pregnancies.