Former Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida addresses mental health on a broader scale

Shudufhadzo Musida has made it her mission to prioritize mental health issues since she won the Miss SA title in 2020.

Her recent initiative was announced Thursday, where Shudu took to Instagram to inform the world about her partnership with UNFPA – the @UnitedNations organization for sexual and reproductive health.

She said the collaboration was a dream come true for her.

“Today I get to fulfill my wildest dream and announce my partnership with the @unfpa as their new regional champion for Eastern and Southern Africa,” she wrote on IG.

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She further elaborated on the link between mental health and sexual and reproductive health. Frontiers argues that mental health challenges can increase reproductive health vulnerability.

In contrast, UNFPA states that good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters related to the reproductive system.

It adds, “To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable method of contraception of their choice.”

The former Miss SA also joins the issue of human rights when it comes to sexual and reproductive health.

“Mental health is a critical part of sexual and reproductive health and plays an important role in the exercise of human rights,” Shudu wrote on IG.

Shudu says her mission will be to promote access to sexual and reproductive health, as well as mental health care for women and girls in the area where she will champion.

“I will serve as a regional voice, will play an instrumental role in advocating for universal access to sexual and reproductive health, as well as the mental health of women and girls in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region.”

Shudu said she is humbled for the chance to be an advocate for change.

“I am so humbled and honored to be a part of this amazing organization. The challenges we face are enormous and the road ahead may not be easy, but it is important and I am up for the task.” The legacy you leave is the lives you touch,” and that’s exactly what I intend to do as UNFPA Regional Champion,” she wrote on IG.

The organization announced that it is working with “a broad range of partners, working towards the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning.”

See Shudu’s posts below:

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Former Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida addresses mental health on a broader scale

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