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Nyasha Phanisa Sithole

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Nyasha Phanisa Sithole - 2017 Nominee
Position: Programmes Director
Organization: My Age Zimbabwe Trust
Current Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender Development Studies from Womens University in Africa
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Humanitarian Project Management
Certificate in Project , Monitoring and Evaluation
Online Certificate for International Womens Health
Certificate of Achievement in Peer Education
Certificate of achievements as an Executive member of the National Young Peoples Network on SRH and HIV in Zimbabwe
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Peer Educator Year 2012
    Awarding Organization:
    Jesuit AIDS Project
    Date Awarded:
    December 1, 2012
Nyasha is young woman leader and advocate who has successfully led the implementation of a 1 year project called Girls Choose Smart Contraception in Mashonaland East a rural province in Zimbabwe, to improve access to FP for adolescent girls. – Margaret Bolaji, Program officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Designed, implemented and coordinated a one year advocacy project 2016-2017 for provision of mobile youth friendly contraception and family planning services for adolescent girls and young women especially unmarried ones in internally displaced camps in Marondera rural Zimbabwe. Project reached to a 1000 girls with information, knowledge , skills on advocacy and family planning services. Inspired by participating at the 4th International Conference on Family Planning in Bali, January 2016.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Passion for family planning was sparked by the need to contribute in my own way on how to improve access to family planning so as to help in lowering the rate of teenage pregnancies in Zimbabwe which is alarmingly high, causing adolescent girls and young women to remain vulnerable to the cycle of poverty as they are dropping out of school. I was also inspired by the I Decide campaign done by IPPF which i helped promote on social media. Mentored by Nancy Harris deputy president of JSI inspired me

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

1. I have managed to include issues of contraception and family planning as an agenda in the AfriYAN youth network in Eastern and Southern Africa, henceforth I lead a thematic on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Family Planning
2. Within My Age Zimbabwe Programmes, I have made it a point to mainstream the needs of adolescent girls and young women in improving acccess to family planning in all our programmes.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Will use my influence and platform to harness advocacy in improving youth friendly access to family planning for unmarried adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe, especially the unmarried ones who have a high rate of unmet need due to cultural,religious and traditional taboos surrounding family planning use, so that Zimbabwe can meet its FP2020 targets leaving no-one behind
The grant will be used to conduct community dialogues and dialogues with service providers

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