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da autoria do CDFF 


16 Dias de Activismo Contra a Violência de Género 2020:

Mês da mulher 2020:

Debate, workshop, feira, música, desporto, cinema, exposição, poesia, teatro, dança e muito mais

Programa do Mês da Mulher 2020

Campeonato de futebol:

“Unidos Contra a Violência Sexual”

Vamos falar de aborto!

(mesa redonda)

Mulheres Jovens sob Ataque (debate)

V Conferência Nacional da Rapariga

Marcha pela liberdade de expressão

Liberdade de Expressão

Marcha por Gilles Cistac

Marcha Gilles Sistac

Marcha pela igualdade


Contra violação dos direitos humanos no Código Penal


Concurso de fotografia

Vencedores da 2ª edição


Marcha pela paz


Desfile do 1º de Maio


Prémio da Rede de Defesa dos Direitos Sexuais e Reprodutivos 2012

Anúncio dos vencedores

Marcha de Solidariedade


Fotos da Marcha de Solidariedade dos Povos da SADC (2012)


Não é fácil ser mulher ...


... em Moçambique

Aborto. Pense nisso...


(Material usado em acções de formação da WLSA)

Quem vai querer dar a luz aqui?


O estado em que se encontram alguns dos postos de saúde em Cabo Delgado



Filme produzido pela WLSA Moçambique sobre sobre uma jovem que, até há pouco tempo, vivia com fístula obstétrica.


Brochura elaborada pela WLSA Moçambique sobre o problema da fístula obstétrica - um drama que atinge cerca de 100.000 mulheres em Moçambique.


Clique aqui para descarregar a brochura (em PDF)

Leia mais sobre fístula obstétrica

Contra a violência de género


A sociedade civil manifestou-se na inauguração dos X Jogos Africanos


Press clippings

Press Attack Approval of the Law on Domestic Violence

by Maria José Arthur


Published in: Outras Vozes, n° 28, supplement, November 2009

On 29 June 2009 the Assembly of the Republic approved, in general, the Law on Domestic Violence against Women. The reaction of the local press was very negative. These comments refer to two articles that appeared in Canal de Moçambique on the 29th and 30th of June and were published in “Canal de Moçambique” on the 7th of July.

On 30 June, announcing approval of the Law on Domestic Violence against Women, the newspaper Canal de Moçambique contained an article by its journalist Borges Nhamirre, entitled “Law on Domestic Violence transforms every man into the devil“, in an attempt to show that the law was unconstitutional and biased. He argued that just as a man hits his wife so a wife also hits her husband, completely ignoring the level of power present in marital and family relations. In other words, even if some women do in fact attack their companions, the assault is not comparable, because it does not take place in a permanent climate of violence and domination. For this to happen, women would in fact need to have power over their husbands and companions.

This whole discussion leads us to an article on 29 June “Jealousy in Chibabava leads husband to knife his wife and affect her intestines”. Reading the article we learn that:

  • The victim, called here “the wife”, is a 15 year old child, an orphan, whose uncles forced her to marry when she was 11 years old;
  • The “husband’s” aggression was constant and on a previous occasion he had torn off one of her ears;
  • The victim never “wanted” to denounce the aggressor;
  • The minor is seriously ill and may die.

Here we have a tragic example of the need to pass a law protecting women from the violence and torture they often suffer at the hands of their husbands or companions, with society’s approval. In this case one only has to look for someone who stood up to defend this child when she was 11 years of age and handed over to a much older man to be his sex slave (I cannot call the forced union with a minor “marriage”!)? Who said anything when she was being constantly brutalised, including severely mutilated? And this violent relationship lasted four years! The poor child, who will probably not survive, certainly spent her life convinced that her role was just to suffer in silence. It was for this reason, and because she would most certainly suffer reprisals, that she did not “want” to denounce, and not a single adult did it for her.

When South Africa decreed positive discrimination in various areas in order to correct the historical injustice that put the country’s black population in an inferior position in terms of access to national resources, we all agreed. But when a law tries to compensate for the historical injustice that is a woman’s lack of power in the family, this is not acceptable. Why? Maybe because discrimination based on sex is considered more acceptable than discrimination based on race. No one dares say that he/she is a racist because social censure would be immediate. But it is common to hear people defending the continued male leadership of the family and the subordination of women, and this almost always results in conspiratorial smiles from those present. Need I say more?

In conclusion, I would like to reaffirm that the law now approved is fundamental for giving women citizens the environment of security and peace they need in order to enjoy their citizenship rights, just like any other national citizen. No more, no less. Let all women have the right to their physical integrity and their dignity. A country is built with free male and female citizens.

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  • Concluding comments by the CEDAW Committee, identifying areas of concern and suggesting recommendations to the Government of Mozambique.

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