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Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) through Open, Distance & Technology-Based Education

Girls Inspire2ADPP is implementing the GIRLS Inspire project in seven targeted communities around Nacala Porto in Nampula Province. Nacala Porto is one of most used ports of entry into Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Research by the International Organization for Migration (2006) reports that Nacala Porto ranks high for HIV and AIDS vulnerability, as it is frequented by a transient population that uses it as access to a commercial sex trade, which exposes children and women to the risk of sexual abuse and exploitation. The GIRLS Inspire project is being implemented in this area due to its high rate of child marriages. The World Development Report (World Bank, 2011) states the province has high levels of gender inequality, characterised by weak participation of women in the productive economy, high levels of early marriage and low levels of female literacy.

According to Orlanda Langa, ADPP Officer, “The GIRLS Inspire project is extremely important for Mozambican society, since thousands of Mozambican girls living mainly in rural areas are victims of premature marriages and this has a negative impact on their survival and development, depriving them of having access to services, protection, education, health and other necessities that guarantee the realisation of their rights as children and girls. However, once the project was implemented in Nacala Porto, it began helping some of the girls and/or children who are victims of these harmful practices. With the project implemented, some children are already back to school and will learn to stand on their own, and perhaps say no to men who want to marry their children at a young age.”

See the full COL’s report on Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) through Open, Distance & Technology-Based Education.