The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) over the weekend gave 40 bicycles to community facilitators in Salima.
The facilitators are mandated with the task of fighting against different forms of social injustice and gender-based violence through civic education.
Speaking during the handover of the bicycles, CHRR executive director Undule Mwakasungula said the bicycles are meant to ease transport problems community workers have been facing.
“The project is under phase four of the Democracy Consolidation Programme [DCP] where we are focusing on the promotion of fair trade, labour rights, right to development and consumer protection. We are pleased that the situation is changing on the ground,” he said.
He cited child trafficking as one of the biggest problems they want to deal with considering that many children are being exploited in estates.
“These community workers are also helping to keep duty bearers accountable and pushing for change in their communities,” said Mwakasungula.
CHRR project officer Fletcher Simwaka said the 40 community-based facilitators are working in 10 traditional authorities in the district.