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Scotland for enhanced women, child protection

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By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:

Scotland has asked Malawi Police Service (MPS) to enhance protection, prosecution and administration of justice on cases related to gender-based violence (GBV), child abuse and attacks on persons with albinism in Malawi.

Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, Ben Macpherson, made the call in Lilongwe on Friday at the close of a month-long training of trainers (ToT) course targeting child protection and victim support officers.

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The training was organised with technical and financial support from the Scottish Police to impart skills and knowledge in law enforcers, putting them in a position to prevent, report and respond to violence against children and women.

Macpherson said his government remains committed to assisting MPS build its capacity to tackle GBV, child abuse and attacks, abduction and killings of persons with albinism in the country.

“One of the things we do in our International Development Programme is to use expertise to try and assist Malawi in a range of ways and the collaboration we have witnessed today between Police Scotland and the Malawi Police Service is a partnership that is important to us,” he said.

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Inspector General of MPS, Rodney Jose, thanked the Scottish Government for building the capacity of local police on forensic investigation through development of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ability, skills and knowledge.

Jose said, under the framework, Police Scotland and MPS are strengthening information, communication and

technology capacities for MPS to create and sustain database of GBV cases to assist in decision-making and policy formulation.

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