Women and the youth have been urged to take a leading role in fighting gender-based violence (GBV), HIV and AIDS as the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 days of activism against GBV.

The fight for women and girls’ rights continues to be a priority area not only by government but by the community at large.

To kick-start the 16 days of activism against GBV, a local non-governmental organisation organised a workshop in the capital aimed at raising awareness on the topic as well as offer free HIV and AIDS testing.

Organiser Edith Tapfuma said the workshop was mainly targeting the informal sector, couples and young people with the aim of discussing and educating them on the forms of violence, the importance of knowing one’s HIV status as well as equipping them with adequate knowledge.

Participants at the event said the workshop was resourceful citing some of the issues discussed were eye-openers.

The consultative workshop attracted around 200 participants while more than 500 were tested for HIV.