Child Marriage Remains Rife in Mozambique

A national coalition to end child marriage representative states that more than half a million Mozambican women got married before the age of 18

Albino Francisco, a national coalition to end child marriage in Mozambique representative, has told delegates at a psychosocial forum that more than half a million Mozambican women between the ages of 20 and 24 years old got married before the age of 18.

Speaking at the three-day long forum held in Zimbabwe, hosted by the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, Francisco stated that these statistics are from an analysis of the latest health surveys (in 2011), census projections and governmental administrative data.

In addition he added that, “In Mozambique, child marriage is illegal before the age of 18, although the law allows for exceptions up to 16 years of age where there is consent from the child’s parents.”

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Source: 
Mail & Guardian

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