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 MONICA ANURIKA GBUCHIE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Niger Delta University | Amassama, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" I am thrilled to become a Millennium Fellow because this great platform affords me the opportunity to work with young leaders around the globe, from diverse backgrounds who also share a similar vision to bring about social change and to impact communities around us via a range of different projects. The fight against maternal mortality is very personal to me, I've always envisioned an ideal world where EVERY woman is capable of taking charge of her reproductive and sexual health, and where maternal mortality is completely prevented or atleast reduced to the barest minimum. And this fight can only be won when women are adequately empowered and properly educated on: the use of suitable contraceptive methods inorder to prevent unwanted and high-risk pregnancies, dangers of teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and also by advocating for women's reproductive and sexual rights, safe abortion and policies that positively enhance the overall well-being of women especially in low-resource communities. I have decided to effect change in my own little way, one community at a time, and I will not stop until our women are well oriented and empowered enough to make informed decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Act 4 her initiative
Women of reproductive age group, especially those in developing countries face numerous challenges regarding their sexual and reproductive health. The Act 4 Her Initiative seeks to promote women's reproductive health by increasing awareness on the use of appropriate and suitable contraceptive methods to prevent unwanted and high-risk pregnancies, the need to plan families including spacing of pregnancies and limiting the family size, in order to prevent or reduce maternal mortality to the barest minimum. Also to create and increase awareness on the dangers of Teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion, Sexually transmitted diseases, Female Genital Mutilation, Child/forced marriage, and others.
By the end of 2020, the Millennium Fellows would have hosted about 20 events reaching out to about 2000 persons aged 15-49 years of the Women of Reproductive Age Group across departments of the 12 faculties in Niger Delta University. They will achieve this through Social media platforms including WhatsApp and Facebook.
About the Millennium Fellow
Monica Gbuchie is a resourceful, multi-talented medic, currently in the final year of obtaining her MBBS degree from Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island. Over the past few years, her palpable passion for medicine and health in general has helped people around her, live better and well-informed healthy lives. She is particularly drawn towards a career as a surgeon and is really excited to see what a career as a Medical Practitioner holds for her. Outside of academics, she is passionate about creating social impact, health education and advocacy and advancing the SDGs particularly SDGs 3, 5 and 17. In her spare time, she writes for leisure and also as a creative and emotional outlet. Monica looks forward to a world devoid of sadness, pain, injustice and inequality and where everyone co-exists in harmony and good health.