Protocol watch


Mozambique signed the Maputo Protocol in December, 2003 and ratifies it on December 2005.

  • In  2019, the Parliament of Mozambique approved the Law on Prevention and Combat of Premature Unions. The law aims to prohibit, prevent, mitigate and penalise premature unions or marriages (child marriage), as well as establish mechanisms to protect children in those unions. In addition, the Parliament approved a revision of the Family Law criminalising the marriage of persons under 18 years with the consent of parents.
  • Mozambique is a focus country of the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, a multi-donor, multi-stakeholder programme working across 12 countries over four years. As part of the Global Programme, in 2018 more than 200,000 Mozambican girls were reached with life skills interventions and approximately 5 million people were engaged as part of a mass media campaign against child marriage.
  • The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs developed a National Costed Strategy to Prevent and Eliminate Child Marriage (2016-2019) which is being implemented in collaboration with UNICEF, UNFPA and the Girls Not Brides national partnership (CECAP).
  • 2018 Adopted its first NAP on WPS (2018-2023): The NAP keeps women’s and girls’ human rights in conflict and post-conflict at the forefront of its focus, with the goal to integrate a gender perspective in all actions and strategies on conflict prevention and management; expand efforts for the security, physical and mental health dignity of women and girls; and secure the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations.
  • 2020 Government agencies and NGO simplemented public outreach campaigns to combat violence against women nationwide. Police and NGO worked together to combat domestic violence. The PRM operated special womenand children’s units within police precincts that dealt with high numbers of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against children cases.