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.

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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

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" 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

Solace for Somaliland Girls (SSG) is a nonprofit organization committed to eradicating all forms Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) across Somaliland through education and empowerment. After witnessing the long-lasting physical, psychological, and health effects of FGM and learning that FGM/C violates women and children’s rights, I cofounded SSG to shield and raise voices of thousands of Somali girls who still go through FGM/C. SSG aims to initiate training programs and anti-FGM high school clubs which educate and enlighten both young and older people in Somaliland and other countries in the Horn of Africa about the physical, psychosocial, and reproductive health dangers of FGM/C and what can be alternatives to this cultural norm. By November 2020, SSG aims to have trained 100 people, initiated 4 anti-FGM high school clubs, and reached 3000 people through its social media awareness campaigns.

Learn more about SSG:
- Website: https://www.instagram.com/solaceforsomalilandgirls/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/solacegirls?lang=en
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solaceforsomalilandgirls/

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 Millennium Fellowship Class of 2019.