The Zambia Centre for Communication Programmes (ZCCP) has purchased over nearly 300 bicycles for use in addressing gender based violence (GBV) cases in rural areas.
ZCCP chief of party John Nyirenda said the 288 bicycles would be given to the community GBV volunteers in 24 selected districts in Zambia.
Mr. Nyirenda said this in Chibombo district when he handed over 12 bicycles to the Chikobo GBV group yesterday.
He expressed concern over the rising number of GBV cases in Chibombo district and challenged the beneficiaries to use the bicycles for intended purposes.
He expressed concern that in Chikobo area alone, many girls, women and some men have experienced physical violence.
Mr. Nyirenda has however expressed gratitude that the fight against GBV would soon be won through concerted efforts.
The ZCCP chief of party has since urged people of Chikobo area to report perpetrators of the crime to the Victim Support Unit of the Zambia Police, Ministry of Gender and Child Development, Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and to other relevant authorities.
And Chikobo GBV group chairperson Charles Funyana said the GBV fight would now be accelerated because transport has been provided.
Mr. Funyana said previously, the GBV fight was being hampered by lack of transport.
Zambia is currently observing the 16 days of activism against gender based violence. The campaign started on November 2p5, 2014 and will end on December 10, 2014.
The 2014 theme is, ‘from peace in the home to peace in the nation: Stop GBV, empower women and men”.