What we do in Mozambique
Through our work 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.
Supporting women’s rights and ending violence
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. These 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.
Helping communities during the Covid-19 pandemic
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic ActionAid has reached more than 20,000 people in Mozambique with emergency aid.
Our response has included distributing food packages, menstrual products, mosquito nets and other essentials to people in need, as well awareness-raising activities to inform people how to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Amid the heightened risk of gender-based violence, we've been working with a team of community activists and implementing a referral system to protect women against violence and report any cases.
Improving education through school councils
In Manhica district, school councils are making a big difference to education.
58% of people in the district are illegitimate - predominantly women.
But with support from ActionAid, parents and teachers, the Primary School council has managed to build a kitchen where school means are cooked, helping more girls go to school, like Rosa, a local school pupil. She said:
I can now say proudly to anybody where I study because we now have a true and genuine school.”
We have also supported the building of new classrooms and toilet blocks.Learn more about our work on education
Page updated 6 March 2023