Tanzanian top model Millen Magese who won the Miss Tanzania competition in 2001 and became an international fashion model is one of 176 million women around the world battling with Endometriosis (Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside it). The main symptoms are pelvic pain and infertility.
Off the runway, she has also become an idol to many African women for speaking up about a debilitating gynaecological condition.
She was featured on BBC AFRICA, and in this video she explains what endometriosis is and the difficulties of talking about the condition as an African woman.
To get the message across, she established a foundation and begun an awareness campaign via social media
Women of Africa is a BBC season recognising inspiring women across the continent. The first series, Africa’s Unsung Heroes, introduces eight women who are making a difference in their country – and beyond.
Millen took to Instagram saying: “BBC World Service has named me one of their Africa’s Unsung Heroes. Today I’m taking part in a live Q&A on the BBC Africa Facebook page, to raise awareness of endometriosis – which affects 176 million women and girls worldwide. Follow the link on my Bio to post a question to me or the doctor who will be joining me. #WomenOfAfrica” Thank you Everyone for all your support “
Photo Credit: 24Tanzania.com
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