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“Rapariga Biz”, a progamme led by the Mozambican Government and supported by several United Nations agencies, including UNFPA, trains secondary school girls to serve as mentors to their peers and to become change agents in their communities.  Taking advantage of this pool of talented young people, on 26-27 October UNFPA sponsored a training in Nampula city for 440 of these mentors to learn how to counter violence ag...
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Opinion-Editorial in commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child Andrea M. Wojnar, UNFPA Mozambique, Resident Representative  In Mozambique, rates of child marriage are high — one in three girls between the ages of 20 and 24 are already married. As many as 46% of girls aged 20-24 years have had a baby by their 15th birthday. These girls are robbed of their ability to make their own choices about when to hav...
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Maputo, Mozambique - Ana Maria* (30) suffered psychological, emotional, and physical abuse from her husband for years and still feels distressed when she looks in the mirror or sees a picture of herself. “My face has suffered some transformation, so I don’t feel comfortable filming or taking pictures,” she says. Globally, at least one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands o...