Drought Threatens to Undo Mozambique’s Gender Equality Progress

Among the many countries in southern Africa suffering through the El Niño-induced drought, Mozambique is one of the hardest hit. A severe food shortage is taking its toll on the rural population. With 2 million people in the central and southern parts of the country in need of aid, the government has declared a national emergency. It’s well documented that drought disproportionately affects women and girls. As families try to cope with the effects of water shortages and barren farmland, rates of school dropout, sexual assault and child marriage all increase. Read more here: