Polygamy in Mozambique

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Mozambique prohibits legal recognition of polygamous unions, yet there are no legal restrictions against the practice itself, which has been reported to be quite widespread in the coastal country. It was estimated that over one-third of the married female Mozambican population is in a polygamous relationship, though only the first wife in the union is legally recognized and entitled to protection based on Mozambican marriage laws.[1] Polygamous marriages may be recognized under customary law, however.[2]


  1. ^ Mozambique
  2. ^ Gender Equality in Mozambique | Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)