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Project

Preventing Child Marriage in Cabo Delgado

Funder

USAID

Partner

Ophavela

Overview
2020–2024

Preventing Child Marriage in Cabo Delgado improves the lives and livelihoods of adolescent girls and young women by  reducing child, early, and forced marriage, and enhancing their rights and knowledge, in Palma , Ancuabe, and Pemba districts of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province. This project is locally known as “Uholo- Raparigas e Jovens.” 

Project Activities


  • Work at all levels of society—including with adolescent girls and young women, their families, and communities—to shift social norms and behaviors that perpetuate child, early, and forced marriage.
  • Develop adolescent girls’ and young women’s agency and intention to avoid early marriage, complete school, earn an income, and access health and social services.
  • Expand and improve the provision of gender- and youth-responsive health, social, and protection services.
  • Work with institutions and systems to ensure laws and policies are enforced that discourage and prohibit child, early, and forced marriage, and to advance policies that enhance the rights of girls and young women.
  • Provide social, educational, and economic opportunities to reduce early marriage and participation in violent extremism.
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