Youths from various districts of Masvingo province last week gathered at Charles Austin Theatre where they to deliberated on strategies that can be used to end violence against women and children in 2019.
The youths gathered under the banner of the Activista movement, and they deliberated on strategies to tackle gender imbalances to create a more just society.
The event was part of a wider programme running under the hashtag theme YouthSolidarityPower ‘Towards Gender Just Societies’.
Many of the participants mentioned community dialogues, workshops and awareness campaigns as vital tools for more gender-sensitive communities.
Activista Masvingo provincial coordinator, Moreblessing Mavhika said it was imperative that the youth become involved in efforts to create fair opportunities for all.
“Year 2019 should be different from others in that we aim to make bigger achievements. The onus is on us to spread awareness in the name of gender equality and equity,” said Mavhika.
Other participants said the gender injustice affected the ability of women and girls to fully reach their full potential in socio-economic and political circles, with those from Chiredzi pointing at how the distribution of sugarcane plots had disproportionately favoured well-connected men.
Activista is an international social movement which seeks to address challenges being faced by youths in their respective communities.
The movement campaigns against poverty, inequality and corruption among other social problems in such countries as South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.