Africa: Women and Girls in Mozambique to Benefit From New Initiative Combatting Gender-Based Violence

WASHINGTON — Women and girls in Mozambique are set to benefit from a new initiative to address Gender-based Violence (GBV), approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on April 30. The Capacity Building for Improved Gender-based Violence Response Project aims to improve the capacity of GBV service providers, enhance the provision of integrated digital GBV services, and increase the use of these services by survivors.

GBV is a critical challenge in Mozambique. It not only harms individuals but also affects the country’s overall development, slowing down progress and making it harder to overcome poverty. Recent data shows that 37% of women aged 18-49 have experienced physical or sexual violence, mainly from their partners, and a staggering 53% of women aged 20-24 were married before they turned 18. Despite these alarming numbers, many survivors do not seek help, underlining the urgent need for action.

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, stressed the importance of strengthening the systems that support GBV survivors. “Improving access to services for survivors not only addresses their immediate needs but also ensures the sustainability of our efforts,” she stated.

This project, supported by a $20 million grant from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA)*, will train and build the capacity of 2,196 GBV service providers across Mozambique. It will also introduce an integrated digital system to collect data, manage cases, and refer GBV incidents to Integrated Care Centers across Mozambique. Through digital platforms and awareness campaigns, the project aims to monitor cases effectively, engage government and civil society, and encourage survivors to seek help. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action is the project’s lead Implementing Agency, with the Ministry of Economy and Finance having a key coordination role.