4848% of girls are married by their 18th birthday.1
331/3 of the population does not have access to sufficient food.2
4949% of adults can’t read and write.3
What we do in Mozambique
Through supporting farming associations, ActionAid helps thousands of women to access and control the land they work on, and increase the amount of food they produce. We train women in sustainable farming methods, enabling them to plant diverse and resilient crops that will grow throughout the year and boost their income. We also support families who have been affected by floods by providing emergency food supplies, shelter, and seeds to replant crops.
ActionAid works with women’s groups, police officers, teachers and students to raise awareness of the dangers of harmful traditional practices, and to reinforce the protection of women and girls in their everyday lives – at home, in school, at work on public transport and in market places. We support thousands of women and girls, offering workshops on how to identify and report incidences of violence and to follow-up with local courts and tribunals.
To improve education opportunities for women, we support groups where they can learn to read and write. The groups also play a fundamental role in raising adults’ awareness of the barriers to children getting an education, and come up with ways in which children – particularly girls — could be encouraged to return to school. We also train and support school councils which bring together children, parents, teachers and the wider community to tackle issues like drop-out rates and making schools safe for girls.
Southern Africa food crisis 2020
Mozambique is currently facing a severe food crisis, related to two devastating cyclones which struck in 2019, and the worst drought the region has faced in 35 years.
ActionAid is scaling up to respond to the food crisis in Mozambique and neighbouring countries. We’re distributing life-saving items like food and water purification tablets, plus critical items for longer term health, such as safe sanitary products and hygiene kits.
Cyclone Idai 2019
In March 2019 we responded to Cyclone Idai, a devastating cyclone that affected Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Possibly the worst weather-related disaster to ever hit the southern hemisphere, the cyclone killed at least 1,000 people and left 400,000 without a home.
Mozambique was the worst-affected country in the region — 1.5 million people were affected.
ActionAid’s initial response included distributing food, blankets, water sterilising tablets, shelter, clothes and mosquito nets in the affected countries. In Mozambique, our response included:
- the distribution of sanitary kits for women and girls
- the distribution of school books, so children could continue to learn
- establishing women-friendly spaces to help prevent violence against women and girls, and provide psychological support to those affected.
In the long-term, our work includes helping communities to rebuild their livelihoods, by training women in farming and distributing agricultural tools.
Find out more about Cyclone Idai and how it affected people in Mozambique.
How we’re changing lives for good in Mozambique
Read stories of women and girls we’re helping.
Changing attitudes to women
Felizardo lives in the north of Mozambique, and has three wives. He took part in training with ActionAid’s partner organisation NANA, and spent three days learning about violence against women. He is now a leader of one of many community groups set up by NANA, where local men and women come together to discuss community problems, and injustice for women.
Felizardo admitted that before the training he did not respect women’s rights and didn’t listen to his wife. Now he says: "The community is changing. The practice of hitting women is decreasing. Parents allow their girls to go to school."
Esmeralda, one of his wives, is also an active participant of a women’s group in the region. She has seen the change in Felizardo: "He learnt that women have many rights. Now, when I talk, he listens."Learn more about our work on violence against women