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 IAN MAKAMARA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Strathmore University | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9
" They always say that time changes things, but the truth is that you have to be the one that changes them. For me, becoming a Millennium Fellow is one of the first steps I will take towards nurturing positive growth in myself and eventually in my community. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Ladies in Red
The Strathmore Millennium Campus Cohort has started an initiative, Ladies in Red, in order to help further the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals #3 and #5, Good Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality. This initiative is centred around the eradication of the stigma attached to menses, particularly within underprivileged areas of Nairobi.
Recently, there have been multiple incidents of girls being unable to attend class due to shame and even two students committing suicide as a result of the embarrassment and stigmatisation. Thus, in response to the high number of young women who are suffering due to a lack of sanitary pads and understanding by the community the Strathmore Millennium fellows conceptualised the Ladies in Red Initiative.
This initiative differs from past attempts to fight period poverty in that it entails the distribution of reusable sanitary pads, teaching young girls in society how to make reusable pads and providing a financial plan which will enable girls and women to purchase pads as opposed to constantly relying on charity.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ian Makamara is a student at Strathmore Law School pursuing not only my Bachelor's degree in Law, but justice and sustainability as well.
His interests are however not only limited to the legal field. He has displayed an immense passion for equality and the celebration of culture and art among the youth.