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Candice Chirwa also known as the ‘Minister of Menstruation’ is a thought leader with an avid interest for gender and youth issues in South Africa.

Candice Chirwa is a first-generation South African-Malawian author, gender activist, and thought leader. Better known as the Minister of Menstruation, Candice’s activism is led by the belief that women and girls deserve fundamental human rights. This has informed her academic background as she educates the youth on menstruation, promotes ‘Eduliftment’ with her award winning NGO, QRATE, and socially shifts the narrative around menstruation.

In 2019, Candice made her debut as an author with the self-published release of Perils of Patriarchy. In 2020, she partnered with well a known menstrual product company in South Africa as an official brand ambassador. In the same year, Candice served as a TEDx speaker focusing on the stigma of periods throughout society, titled “Bad Blood”. In 2021, the Minister of Menstruation became a Nedbank Youth X ambassador and co-authored Flow: The Book About Menstruation, published by Kwela Books.

"Candice Chirwa, has become the voice of change in lifting the burden of menstruation for many girls in several South African communities."

– Purpose Pioneers

"I am Candice Chirwa, also known as the Minister of Menstruation. I am 25 years old, and I was born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa. Formally, I am an academic, menstrual activist, author, TEDx Speaker, and founder and director of my NGO, Qrate. I love drinking lots of coffee."

– Candice Chirwa for Global Citizen

"I really wanted people to understand that menstruation is bigger than just us menstruating for seven days."

– Candice Chirwa for OkayAfrica

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