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Natasha Sichula

Natasha Sichula - 2019 Nominee
Position: CEO/Founder of HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone)/ Menstrual Health Advocate/ Cytotechnology Undergraduate
Organization: HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone)
Current Location: Zambia, Africa
B.S Medical Sciences with major in Cytotechnology and minor in Chemistry 3rd year student from Edgewood College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Novartis Biomedical Institution 2019 fellowship as a Scientific Summer Scholar in Cambridge Massachusetts USA.
2. Certificate for Special Student at the University of Wisconsin through the Division of Continuing Studies 2019 in Wisconsin USA.
3. Participation in the 2019 African, Hispanic, Native American 7th Annual Health Disparities conference in Wisconsin, USA
4. Next Gen Summit 2019 Fellowship as a rising youth social entrepreneur in New York City USA.
5. Clinton Global Initiative University Fellowship 2018 as a youth delegate in Chicago, USA.
6. American Red Cross Certification in Adult First Aid/CPR/AED 2018 in Wisconsin USA.
7. Suicide prevention, and fire extinguishing training from Edgewood College 2018 Wisconsin USA.
8. Miss Zambia USA certification, from Miss Africa USA organization 2017 in Baltimore USA.
9. Consecutive semester Honors from Edgewood College 2016 Wisconsin USA.
10. Certificate of recipient of the sole scholarship for one African Indigent girl to attend college at Edgewood in Madison, WI USA.
11. Certificate of completion of High School from Fatima Girls Secondary School 2014 in Ndola, Zambia.
12. Certification for high school 2nd best Math project in the 2014 Copperbelt Provincial Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists competition in Ndola, Zambia.
13. Best Female Chess player at Fatima Girls 2014, Ndola Zambia
14. Certification of completion as a Public Speaker at Fatima Girls 2014, Ndola Zambia
15. Certification for being a Prefect (Leader) at Fatima Girls 2013-2014, Ndola Zambia
16. Certification for high school best science project in the 2012 Copperbelt provincial Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists competition in Ndola, Zambia.
17. Zambia Red Cross certification from Fatima Girls secondary School 2011 in Ndola, Zambia.
18. Best Grade Seven student at Mano Basic School for the National Primary School leaving examination 2009 in Mufulira, Zambia.

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Winner of Outstanding Community Values Award as recognition for students who have demonstrated a deep and meaningful commitment to serving their communities.
    Awarding Organization:
    UW Credit Union
    Date Awarded:
    May 28, 2019
  • Award:
    Winner of Social Innovation Perfect Pitch for presenting on period poverty and the importance of menstrual health as a bridge to family planning
    Awarding Organization:
    Edgewood College
    Date Awarded:
    May 3, 2019
  • Award:
    Winner of Expat Youth Award recognition for positive impact in my country Zambia while studying in the USA
    Awarding Organization:
    Clements Worldwide
    Date Awarded:
    July 17, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Volunteer for orphans with HIV at Kavu orphanage. Organized “Dollar for a Diaper” donation of 2145 baby diapers at the Neonatal ward of Zambia’s largest hospital. Winner of $1000 used for reusable sanitary pads. Next Gen fellow, and Clinton fellow. – Themba Banda, Civil Engineering student at Cyprus International University, COO of HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone) at HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

At the age of 10, and at Mano Basic School 2008/9, I was a part of the Anti-Aids club in which I used poetry to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS during school assemblies that saw the attendance of more than 500 students. My interest in SRHR cultivated a sense of compassion in me, such that while in High School at Fatima, I volunteered to care for orphans suffering from HIV/AIDS at Kavu Orphanage. As Miss Zambia USA 2017/18 and with partnership with GFMPZ, I used my platform to organize the “Dollar for a Diaper” fundraiser and donated 2145 disposable baby diapers at the Neonatal ward at Zambia's largest hospital; and conducted a maternity rights awareness talk and donated baby clothes to women in Makululu township. Currently, I'm advocating for menstrual health as a bridge to family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for menstrual health in relation to FP started when my period suddenly stopped at 12 years old and only resumed when I was 15. My nurse explained that a change in environment or diet may have triggered my menstruation cycle. Thus, I did some research on menstruation and learned about the stigma, misconceptions, and overpriced cost associated to it. Coming from a large family of 7, there were days when there was no money for sanitary pads and I had to use a sock to stop the bleeding.

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

From my experiences in SRHR, I've dedicated my time to lifelong learning about opportunities available to empower girls against period poverty.I believe that menstrual health is the bridge between a woman and her success in family planning. As the CEO of HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone) I've created a movement for girls that encompasses mentorship, volunteerism, scholarship and innovation of reusable sanitary pads to eradicate period poverty. In fact, I'm a proud user of reusable sanitary pads

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? :

I'll use the $1000 to purchase 20 more sewing machines that are essential to making reusable sanitary pads. Being a winner of 120 under 40 will give me a sit at the table of change makers and increase my scope for advocacy in menstrual health as a bridge to successful family planning. The platform will also enable me to invite prominent female leaders in Zambia to attend the HERZ 28 summit; a summit that gives agency to the 28-day menstrual cycle and encourages women to embrace their femininity.

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