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There is hope for improved reporting on Sexual Gender Based Violence –SGBV issues in Machinga District following a donation of 14 motorcycles courtesy of Spotlight Initiative with funding from UNFPA.

The gesture has seen 11 Child Protection Workers-CPW’s, judiciary and One Stop Centre at the Machinga district referral hospital benefitting.

Ishmael Chuma, a Child Protection Worker in the area of Traditional Authority Sitola, hailed Spotlight for the initiative; saying it would ease their burden of travelling long distances for follow-ups on SGBV cases.

“We are much privileged to have this development here in Machinga. We have been lagging behind in reporting as well as making follow-ups; but now we will be able to have good reports and this will help much in reducing SGBC related cases in our district,” said Chuma.

Machinga District Council Chairperson, Richard Matenje was all grateful and pledged to give the CPW’s the necessary support to reduce the growing alarming SGBV cases in the district.

In his remarks, District Social Welfare Officer, Lawrence Matiti challenges the individuals given the bikes to fully utilize the opportunity in fighting against SGBV in the district.

Warned Matiti: “We will not tolerate anyone abusing the bikes on personal purposes. We expect quality delivery in reports so that we achieve the goals in reducing the cases in the district.”

Again, the CPW’s will be given 25 liters of fuel every fortnight to help them travel around to investigate as well as follow up on the cases.

A quarterly report from the gender office in the district shows the district has recorded about 402 SGBV cases.

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