Sebabatso Tsaoane is a registered nurse, midwife and a midwifery preceptor at the University of the Free State.
Due to her endometriosis diagnosis and the silence surrounding sexual reproductive health in her upbringing, she founded the Black Woman Arise Women’s Health Foundation. This nonprofit organisation focuses on spreading awareness of female sexual reproductive health to women in rural communities.
Through education about and discussions around the sexual stigmas surrounding this subject, the organisation creates a safe space for women to learn and voice their concerns. This enables women to embrace health-seeking behaviour.
The foundation has been awarded a grant from the Bristol Myer Squibb Foundation for the Cervical Cancer Promotion Project in the Free State, which gives women in disadvantaged areas access to mobile clinic cervical cancer screenings.
Tsaoane has also founded the How I Met My Vagina initiative, where women can openly discuss sexual reproduction-related topics with healthcare professionals.
I firmly believe that if we heal a woman, we heal a community and if we heal a community, we can heal our societies.