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 WENDY DAPHNE OCHOLA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
United States International University Africa | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6
" I am thrilled to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because it will give me the chance to interact with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and this type of networking is important as I will reap the benefits of diverse perspectives on global issues. Moreover, equipping me with skills that deem necessary in creating a change conducive environment while interacting with other students about controversial issues we face in society today. My motivation primarily rooted in the very essence of gender equality as a global necessity that benefits every demographic, I'm confident that an exposure to the Millennium Fellowship will strongly enhance my leadership skills in the fight towards gender equality while enriching my prospective career and studies. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: She Equal
She Equal is an online, nonprofit social initiative that aims to promote and raise awareness on gender equality while through various platforms, empowering and uplifting those ostracized based on their gender through annual fundraising projects committed to a specific gender issue in Kenya. The current specific fundraising project is named “Safe Haven for the Women” which aims to raise awareness on the catastrophic effects of gender-based violence through raising funds for a specific transitional rescue shelter for GBV survivors in Nairobi. The funds received will be catered towards a skills enhancement program to empower survivors of GBV economically. The overall goal being to put an end to the dependency of gender-based violence survivors on their perpetrator's and to shape discourse around gender equality.
About the Millennium Fellow
Wendy Daphne Ochola always had an intrinsic passion for human rights especially for minorities, downtrodden communities and discriminated groups that initiated her path to activism. When it came to fighting for gender equality it was the natural desire for the greater freedoms and mobilities enjoyed by males ‚accompanied with the everyday street calling and the patriarchal structures that make women subordinate to men. The passion grew throughout her interest in the works of Simone de Beauvoir, Bell Hooks and commencing her Gender Studies Minor at USIU-Africa. Raised by a single mother along with two sisters, meant growing up in an all- female household where there was nothing odd about a woman being both the breadwinner and nurturer at the same time. Today, Wendy strongly feels that our society is predominantly focused on the need to enforce gender norms and thus, aims to persist in the struggle of building a framework in which gender equality is nurtured.