ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MARYAM OMOTOLA ODELEKE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

University of Ibadan | Ibadan, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6

" I'm very thrilled to be one of the 2020 Millennium Fellows because this is a great opportunity for me to network with young and brilliant minds from all over the world while sharing values that have shaped us and also,a great step towards acquiring the necessary skills I need to effect the change I desire. Being a product of belief and empowerment myself, I've always been intentional about giving back and passionate about making the world a better place for the girl child. I strongly believe that a world free from inequalities, female oppression and repression will foster the girl child to reach her highest potential and every person will be amazed at the sustainability this type of world creates. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Future Female Network

The Future Female Network is a social impact project, which aims to promote awareness about the harmful effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) while educating and empowering teenage girls. Our work will accelerate progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality via two initiatives: The EducateNotMutilate Campaign and The QualifyHer Project.

1. The EducateNotMutilate Campaign use social media and physical outreaches to schools and local communities to promote awareness about FGM, educating key policy/decision makers, the public and people who carry out the practice on all its health and psychological consequences. We will also provide psychosocial support for victims of FGM when needed.
2. QualifyHer Project will encourage and champion equal participation of girls and women in the society. Through this initiative, we organize leadership training and capacity building program for teenage girls where they will gain skills and practical knowledge to make sound decisions and overcome challenges. They will also participate in design thinking sessions and hackathons which will help them turn their ideas into action and grow as leaders and social change makers.
Our intervention ensures every member of the community says NO to FGM and empower girls and women to lead better lives.

The goal over the 4 months fellowship period is for the Future Female Network to implement four (4) programs impacting a total of 450 girls and women. Our QualifyHer Project will reach out to 200 teenage girls in two selected public secondary school with leadership training, capacity building workshop and hackathon. Our EducateNotMutilate campaign will impact additional 250 girls and women through two outreaches, educating them on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and advocating for the right to education of the girl child.

About the Millennium Fellow

Odeleke Maryam Omotola is a 300 level medical student in the University of Ibadan and a college journalist. She's a passionate advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals(Goal 5 especially) and loves to volunteer for Initiatives and causes geared towards the achievement of the goals. She has participated in social and medical outreaches and helped give back to the society. She is an admirer of good leadership skills and thus, strives to horn and acquire them. She has often been described as rambunctious, ambivert and a feminist. Her dream is a world free from gender inequalities and all forms of violence against women.

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