Human Rights Mozambique schools use theatre to promote women’s rights as drought fuels child marriages

In Mozambique, the legal age of marriage is 18, or 16 with parental consent. But the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimated in 2016 that around one in two girls is married before her 18th birthday.

More than a quarter are married before the age of 15, with the phenomenon being more prevalent in the northern part of the country. Most of the girls have their first child within the first 15 months of the marriage.

Anabela Arnaldo, a first grade teacher at the school in Chengara, believes that theatre is a powerful tool that can help tackle child marriage. Read more here: