Communities in Development Activities, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has trained 25 mentors from traditional authorities Chindi, Mzukuzuku and M’Mbelwa in Mzimba on gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls.
Speaking on Wednesday during the training, the NGO’s executive director Patrick Mwale said the mentors were selected by village development committees and group village heads to report GBV cases in their respective areas.
Mwale: Mentors will report GBV cases
“The mentors will also advise victims to attend mobile court sessions on GBV cases,” he said.
Mwale also said they will link GBV survivors to income opportunities.
Mzimba Police Station community policing coordinator Phillip Sande said the training will empower the mentors to track GBV cases and gather evidence for court trial.
“The mentors will also help police with GBV data collected in their areas,” he said.
Fadress Lungu, a participant, said she was ready to serve her community in reporting GBV cases to authorities.
The organisation is implementing a one-year project under Spotlight Initiative in the district.