To ensure Social and Behavior Change (SBC), N’weti implements the Community Dialogues Approach for Ending Child Marriage since 2018 in Gaza, Manica (3 districts each) and Nampula (7 districts). This project is funded by UNICEF, the Global Programme to End Child Marriage, the Spotlight Initiative, and the European Union.
With this results brief we share how, via community dialogues, this intervention hosts a range of activities that engage with communities at various levels: i) girls and boys clubs; ii) linkages to health, justice, police, and social services for girls and boys impacted and at risk of child marriage; and iii) community radio and theatre.
The whole encompassing commitment with beneficiaries – at individual, community, and structural levels –, for 5 years now, is pushing through SBC results of note, highlighting the range from 22% (girls and boys) and 37% (adults) to 98% who not only support but negotiate and delay marriage without fear; local structures as community guardians to raise awareness and deconstruct harmful practices that perpetuate child marriage; the participation of community structures in the development of action plans improving the level of accountability and contribution to the creation of a favorable environment for taking apart social and gender norms that are harmful for adolescents; the spaces for collective conception of positive masculinities as crucial for deconstructing myths and misconceptions around child marriage and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); and creating avenues for and maintaining the provision of referrals for adolescents (girls and boys) and adult (men and women) to deepen their involvement in choices and decisions about sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of child marriage at individual, family and community levels.
With this project it is exhorted the maintenance of the support to Mozambique’s integrated system (health, justice, police, and social services) to resolve cases of boys and girls impacted and at risk of child marriage as it faces challenges in its ability to absorb and respond to the needs of the victim, especially in aspects related to legal protection and comprehensive support for victims of SGBV.
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