ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows. 

During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CLAUDETTE IGIRANEZA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

American University of Beirut | Beirut, Lebanon | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6

" Being a Millennium Fellow will not only open many doors for me to continue raising the voices of many marginalized women around the world but also will provide me an opportunity to learn from other like-minded young leaders in the program. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Solace for Somaliland Girls

SSG is an anti FGM movements Somaliland fighting toward abolishment of Female Genital Mutilation and striving to achieve gender equality. The mission of SSG is to eradicate all forms of FGM across Somaliland through education and empowerment. Solace aims to implement two projects ( short term and long term). The short term project consits of providing workshops to 170 people on the dangers that FGM has on women's health and to raise awareness that FGM is a violation of human rights. The long term project consits of initiating a one year training program that will provide comprehensive training and awareness sessions about FGM and means to eradicate it. Moreover, in the longterm project, Solace aims to initiative anti FGM clubs in high school in order to continue raising awareness about FGM among young people. Lastly, Solace has been doing social media anti FGM campaigns since 2018.

About the Millennium Fellow

Claudette Igiraneza is a young Rwandan social activist and entrepreneur. Claudette is a graduate of Bridge2Rwanda, a highly competitive gap year program that assists talented African students to attend international universities. Claudette is a MasterCard Foundation scholar pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental health and doing a minor in public health at the American University of Beirut. Claudette worked with various companies such as Laterite Limited, Gardens for Health International, Kigali Marriott Hotel, and Water Access Rwanda. Claudette co-founded Solace for Somaliland Girls, a nonprofit organization that aims to eradicate all forms of Female Genital Mutilation in Somaliland. Claudette is also a fellow at The Resolution Project class 11 and Millenium Fellowship Class of 2019.

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