Nompumelelo Zenda has always been passionate about women’s health, but it was especially during her pregnancy that she realised the need for safe spaces where women could feel seen and heard — and not dismissed or unattended to — while going through the vulnerable and confusing stages of pregnancy.
Fuelled by this insight and determined to make a positive impact on women’s lives, Zenda founded WeSeeYou, a health and information consultancy based in Johannesburg that seeks to provide sexual and reproductive health and wellness solutions.
Zenda strives to help women understand, love and work with their bodies throughout their life. Through engaging educational videos and posts, Dr Gynae, as Zenda is also known, informs her audience on all things female — from vaginal health and sexual intimacy to pregnancy and menopause.
“Since embarking on educating women about sexual health online, I’ve learnt how hungry people are for credible information. It has taught me that it matters as a clinician that I create a safe space and make my clients and audience feel seen and heard,” she says.
Her online content was nominated for a DStv Content Creator Award within its Cause Award category.
“It’s an honour to be able to create content around women’s health, talk about sex education and demystify topics that we all received so little education about,” she says.
Apart from her online content, Zenda’s reach extends to television and radio interviews, live social media talks, content writing and public speaking.
After obtaining her MD in medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Zenda went on to study at the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine in Budapest in 2018. Thereafter, she qualified as a medical sexologist at the Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine in 2020.
“Receiving the sexology fellowship was definitely one of my proudest career moments,” she says.
Zenda, who is a member of the International Society of Sexual Medicine, says that she dreams of one day changing South Africa for the better, starting by aligning the country’s policies with tangible delivery of accessible and safe women’s healthcare throughout their lives.
She says she would like to focus on celebrating girls’ menstrual debut, eradicating teen pregnancies and maternal deaths, improving the experience of pregnancy for all women and encouraging women to prioritise their own sexual health and pleasure.
“Every woman deserves to feel great about themselves, At WeSeeYou, we believe that the well-being of women makes our families, communities and the world go well too.”