By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Mzuzu Diocese recently rescued 46 under aged girls from early marriages in Mzimba District through Women and Girls Rights and Access to Justice Project.
In an interview, CCJP Coordinator Arnold Msimuko said the project has registered great success since its inception in Mzimba.
Arnold Msimuko making presentation on the success and challenges the project face- Mzimba
“We have managed to rescue 46 girls who are below 18 from forced marriages and some have even gone back to school,” said Msimuko.
He further said that despite the success stories the project has registered; still there are some challenges such as the tendency by some parents who force the girls to go back to their husbands after being rescued.
Msimuko then appealed to parents and guardians to take part in rehabilitating the girls taken from early marriages so that they should not go back to where they got married.
The Board Chairperson of the Commission Phillip Nkunika applauded CCJP for promoting girl child education in the region.
“On behalf of the Bishop of the Diocese, I commend CCJP on their role in making sure women and girls’ rights are respected and protected in their communities,” said Nkunika.
The Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice for Mzuzu Diocese with support from Misereor Germany have been implementing the project to increase the awareness of women and girls rights.