In an attempt to eradicate gender based violence in Karonga district, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) through its primary justice project has donated 100 bicycles to its Community Based Educators (CBEs).
The commission is aiming at easing challenges which come about when it comes to disseminating information to raise awareness Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The acting district social welfare officer, Atupele Mwalweni saidthat Karonga is one of the districts in the northern region that are marred with cases of GBV emanating from cultural beliefs within families where men dominate.
He added that in some cases women also ill-treat men in various ways leading to different problems.
Mwalweni therefore said with the coming in of the project, expectations are high that such cases are going to decline in various communities because the provision of the bikes that will enable the CBEs to reach out to places where they could not reach in the past.
Speaking after the donation, the project’s officer, Deodatus Muriya urged the recipients of the bikes to use them according to their intended purposes so that they achieve their intended goal.
He further said the project decided to give them the bicycles after realizing that they were walking long distances to reach out to many people in their communities in a fight against the vice.
One of the beneficiaries of the bicycles, Gift Mughogho from the area of traditional authority Wasambo in Chilumba said the bike will simplify her tasks because she is now encouraged to reach out to many people with the message.
Like Mughogho, John Chikundipyola Msiska also thanked CCJP for the support saying that in the past they could board bicycle taxis to visit various communities but now this has become a closed chapter and assured the organisation to expect more change.
First Grade Magistrate Chakaka Nyirenda said primary justice has helped a lot in reduction of cases that are brought before the magistrate court because only civil cases are referred to him unlike misdemeanor ones which are actually resolved at traditional courts by chiefs.
Nyirenda said, “This has really reduced our workload at the court because now we are working hand in hand with traditional leaders with the help of the CCJP through primary justice but we still encourage them to refer serious cases to our courts for justice to prevail.”