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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



University of Zimbabwe | Harare, Zimbabwe | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2


" ”My work ethic is fuelled by creativity, diligence and passion.
Being a Millennium Fellow will enable me to hone these skills, as I will have the privilege to interact with like-minded, young trendsetters whose revolutionary minds and ideas will challenge me to think beyond the horizon. This will take my social impact to an extraordinary level, for I stand to gain immensely from the programme: learning the necessary skills and fundamental principles governing Leadership, fostering societal change, bridging the gap between target populaces and the information reaching them; and how to holistically amplify my skillset in a bid to make me an effective and impactful Public Health advocate”. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Chengetedza Hutano Hwako Mwanasikana

"Chengetedza Hutano Wako Mwanasikana" is the Shona language derivative of "Safeguard Your Health Young Lady". As not only a Health Sciences Student, but also a Public Health advocate who also happens to be a SAYWHAT Peer Educator at The University of Zimbabwe: my various interactions through the SAYWHAT Organisation and clinical rotations at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have exposed me to the depth of the correlating problems pertaining to transactional sexual relationships between young, University-age girls and older men who pursue them for gratification in exchange of funding their simplest basic needs, such as food, security, education and so forth.

It is for this reason, that I am most passionate about issues pertaining to Sexual Reproductive Health. In my field of study in Audiology, much advocacy and awareness campaigns, together with Hearing Conservation Programmes make the greatest differences in the presercvation of one's hearing acuity, irrespective of the fact that the debilitating symptoms affliated with the existence of a noise-induced hearing loss may manifest much later on in life, albeit the fact that the damage along one's auditory pathway cascades in snippets of time , each time that one is perpetually exposed to loud sounds.
In the same vein, as one could equate loud noise exposure to the eventual manifestation of a high frequency hearing loss: such an analogy could be equated with regards to Sexual Reproductive Health and transactional sexual relationships (which are masqueraded as sexual liberation, at the cost of one's physical, psychological and social well-being). Along the same tangent, faced with the real life situations affiliated with a stagnant economy and rising inflation rates - transactional sexual relationships may seem like a way-out for the hungry, young Zimbabwean girl: however, the psychological trauma inflicted and the Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases which may prevail as a result, are simply not worth it.

In this regard, the "Chengetedza Hutano Hwako Mwanasikana" project would serve to offer a different perspective to Sexual Reproductive health liberation, in which these young women are not only told about the "ABC's" (A = Abstinence, B = Being faithful to one partner; and C = Consistent and correxct use of condoms) of sexual propriety, but are engaged to self-introspect(in the most natural, open and comfortable manner) and are counselled to safeguard their overall health - specifically targeting the University and late high-school aged young women and girls.

About the Millennium Fellow

Amanda Fadzai Mukonoweshuro is an ambitious and vibrant Final-year Audiology student, enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe. She was born and currently resides in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Amanda has always been passionate about helping individuals, in any capacity, with a strong desire to foster solidarity and brighten someone’s day. This has fuelled her desire to be a distinguished Health Sciences student since High School and stirred her interest in Peer Education during college; particularly in Public Health issues such as Mental Health, Menstrual Health, Gender-Based Violence and so forth. Amanda has had various opportunities since Primary School to demonstrate her strong leadership qualities. She is equally excited and humbled to be part of an innovative and inclusive community (courtesy of the MCN and relevant key stakeholders) in which she can learn from and contribute towards the fulfillment of the United Nation’s Sustainable Developmental Goals. Amanda has a fervent desire to continually evolve as an individual, and draws great fulfillment from her Public Health advocacy endeavours.

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