Zomba community-based educators (CBEs) at the weekend got a mobility boost when they received 100 bicycles to help in fighting gender-based violence (GBV) through a primary justice project being implemented by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP).
Speaking after distributing the bicycles, Zomba district commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Bambe said the donation will help reduce GBV cases in the district.
He said development from the grass roots is guaranteed when there is peace, justice and security.
“In our records, we have seen that cases of child-trafficking are, in some instances, a result of gender-based violence in communities. If families are not stable and peaceful, expect such cases to emerge because children would like to survive through any means available to them,” he said.
In his remarks, CCJP Zomba Diocese programmes coordinator Brice Chawiya said the CBEs need transport when discharging their duties.
“For instance, one community-based educator can cover 20 villages and needs the cheapest means of travel. Moving around villages where the road network is not good could delay justice due to the amount of time spent. So, this could assist them in reaching out to the case areas on time to resolve the differences,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Martha M’manga, hailed CCJP for easing their mobility through the donation. n