After a very successful campaign, sociology PhD student and Gimlin prize recipient, Nolwazi Ncube managed to raise £917 through GoFundMe and £800 locally for the 2018 Let’s Get Padded Up #LGPU2018 campaign.
As part of the foundation which she founded she was able to bring a donation of 1 ton of pads, ie: 250 menstrual hygiene kits including rewashable pads, soap, zip and lock bags. The first distribution of this shipment services 100 girls in her rural homestead, the village of Mbizingwe in Zimbabwe. She is looking forward to launching the #LGPU2019 annual menstrual hygiene education and awareness campaign.
It has been a successful few months for Nolwazi. She was awarded the Gimlin Prize for Sociology which helped her attend this year’s 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the UN headquarters in New York on 11-22 March. There she presented a paper entitled, ‘Policy and Technology around Sanitary Dignity’ at a Graduate Women International (GWI) Parallel Event on 11 March. The event at which she spoke was themed, Women’s empowerment through a holistic approach to education. Nolwazi is a member of GWI through one its National Federal Association, the Zimbabwe Association of University Women. You can learn more about GWI here.
Most recently, she was a guest on a webisode for an online show called ‘Youth Vibes Afrika’ to commemorate International Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May). You can watch it on Youtube here.
To find out about her work as a menstrual activist through the foundation which she founded, Save the Girl Child Movement, please visit their page here.