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Community leaders commends CRECCOM for reducing GBV and child marriages in Machinga

Community leaders at Traditional Authority Kawinga in Machinga district have expressed their gratitude to Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) for assisting them in ending Violence against women and girls, and child marriages under its Spotlight Male Engagement project. Spotlight Male Engagement project is a Spotlight initiative which is a global European Union – United Nations (EU-UN) partnership aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls, and other harmful practices. Group Village Head (GVH) Chipoka of Kawinga area said that CRECCOM through their barbershop toolkit trainings they helped them to bring change in the society. “Cases of Gender Based violence against women and girls in our areas have been reduced as the project has helped to come up with bylaws to curd GBV and child marriages,” said Chipoka. Agreeing with Chipoka, chief Ntaja also said the leaders are ensuring that no any chief is promoting early marriages in their villages by setting bylaws. Chief Chipoka : The coming in of CRECCOM has reduced GBV cases “We have set a bylaw which says that any chief who will be found encouraging parents in his community to marry off their child before the age of 18 should be dethroned the chieftainship and be given to a relative,” said Ntaja. Ntaja said that Chiefs at T/A Kawinga are afraid of losing their leadership with the coming in of the bylaws and are making sure that no any case of child marriages exist in their villages. In an interview, CRECCOM’s Program Officer for Spotlight Male Engagement project Dan Tewesa said the project aims at reducing cases of violence against women and girls, and child marriages by working with Community Leaders to champion awareness on violence against women and girls. Sharing is Caring!

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