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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



Asian University for Women | Chattogram, Bangladesh | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 6


" I am really excited to be a Millennium Fellow to build up my creative and communication skills. Besides that, I hope to learn how to make meaningful changes and social impact from the program. Engagement to advance the SDGs, adaptability, and competence; these skills will also be enhanced by being a part of the fellowship. I am looking forward to this experience and gain the best from it. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Shuchona

Shuchona is a Bengali word that means "The Beginning," It is an initiative that works with the sole purpose of mitigating the stigma of sex education persistent in our society. Considering current circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the general people, particularly young people, are unfamiliar with fundamental sex education at some point, which leads to an unfavorable course of events. Furthermore, adolescents going through puberty have a difficult time coping with their growth since they lack sufficient education and guidance. Project Shuchona aims to educate the youth as well as the general population with basic knowledge of sex education, personal hygiene, menstruation, healthy physical relationships as well the concept of consent and emotional connection amongst partners. This project-based on SDG 4: Quality Education followed by SDG 3- Good health and well-being, SDG 5- Gender Equality, and SDG 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth. And UNAI: Human Rights For All. Depending on the state of the Corona pandemic, we may be active on both virtual and physical platforms. This project would be conducted into workshops, followed by a QnA session with one of the field's experts. The workshops would follow our Sex-Ed module, well-being, and good health, focusing on basic concepts like reproductive health, personal and menstrual hygiene, emotional connection between partners, healthy physical relationships, etc. In addition to our regular seminars, we will offer one-on-one consultations and logistical help for basic hygiene as needed. We believe that this sector requires immediate attention, and working bit by bit would result in a massive change. We think our project Shuchona would be the beginning of one of the most positive changes in our social and cultural paradigms. With our constant efforts, we hope to spread the initiative nationwide within 24-36 months.

About the Millennium Fellow

Afra Rahman is a creative, passionate, and dependable student majoring in Environmental Science at Asian University for Women. She was born in Bangladesh and is currently living in Chittagong, Bangladesh continuing her studies through the online platform due to the global pandemic. Afra has always been passionate about working for social causes and mental health awareness. From her own societal values, surroundings, and experience she saw how mental health was believed to be a taboo. But she could understand how mental health was as important as physical health for leading a healthy lifestyle. She is also driven to the causes of climate change, women's rights, gender equality, and many others. She has volunteered in many projects to take social action against social issues. Afra wants to work with non-profit organizations and the United Nations so that she can help others and contribute to the factors of UN SDGs.

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