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Supporting Family Planning and Abortion Services in Mozambique

Pathfinder improved gender equality in nine districts in two provinces in Mozambique (Tete and Manica provinces) so that adolescent girls and young women can exercise their rights to bodily integrity (including the right to live free from sexual and gender based violence and to choose when and whom to marry) and sexual and reproductive health (including access to rights-based contraceptive and safe and legal abortion services).

Project Date: 2018 - 2024
Funder: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
Country: Mozambique

52% of girls in Tete and 59% of girls in Manica provinces are married by age 17

DHS 2011

By age 19, 46% of girls in Tete and 44% in Manica provinces are mothers or are pregnant

DHS 2011

In Mozambique, 38% of young women (aged 20-24) experience physical violence and 17.5% reports having suffered sexual violence since age 15

DHS 2011

High unmet need for contraception at 24.3% (Tete) and 26.7% (Manica) for married women 15-49


What We Did

  • Increase adolescent girls and young women’s (AGYW) knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights, negotiation skills, leadership capabilities, and social cohesion through small group activities for girls, household visits, and school-based activities, conducted with the support of rural mentors and urban activists from the local partners’ associations Fundacao Apoio Amigo (FAA) and Jossoalp, among others.
  • Decrease harmful practices, sociocultural norms, and beliefs that limit AGYW’s decision making and control over their SRH, sexuality, and bodily integrity through interventions involving community leaders and influencers to generate a meaningful transformation in favor of AGYW’s rights and gender equality. The project has partnered with Women in Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) to support university students’ to do qualitative assessments to better understand existing norms and barriers at the community level.
  • Improve provision of and access to youth friendly contraceptive, safe and legal abortion, and SGBV services by upgrading referral systems and provision of services in the ‘’last mile’’.
  • By the end of the project (2024) we expect to have increased modern contraceptive use among AGYW by 10%; increased the proportion of women who want to delay or space their birth by 10%, and reduced the number of early marriages by 10%.

Project Staff Members

Riaz Mobaracaly

Senior Country Director

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