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Too Young to be Bride: A study about Child Marriages in Mozambique
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite of the ban in the family law, child marriage is still occurring in Mozambique. This study focuses on the phenomenon of child marriage in Mozambique and mainly how actors in the civil society are addressing the issue and how they perceive the emergence of the social norms and traditional practice around child marriage from a gender perspective. In a theory of masculinity, the thesis is trying to explain the social norms and the traditional practises around the phenomenon of child marriage. The selection of method is a collection of data by semi-structured interviews made in a qualitative study in Maputo, Mozambique together with relevant international law for marriage and girls’ rights as well as national law in Mozambique, it is analysed together with secondary data from non-governmental organizations. The results are showing that traditional practices and cultural norms are either a cause or a consequence to child marriage, as well as the role of the men in the society. Theses traditions are having stronger impacts than the law and one of the reasons is because of the patriarchal society and the role of the man. Girls’ legal status is eliminated when she becomes a victim of child marriage, since because of the dowry she is living under her husbands’ custody because he paid for her. Community leaders and religious leaders need to be empowered in their role as leaders with new tools to change their mind-set about gender equality. Girls needs to be more empowered about their rights, and have access to information and having opportunities to fulfil their education. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 66 p.
Keyword [en]
Child Marriage, Children's Rights, Masculinity, Mozambique, Gender
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323062DiVA: diva2:1104801
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Human Rights
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2017-06-05 Created: 2017-06-01 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved

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