ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MIFTAHUL JANNAT SAIMA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Asian University for Women | Chattogram, Bangladesh | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" Being a Millennium Fellow will not only provide networking opportunities but will also allow me to be part of the global network of change-makers who are working on making the world better. I would also get to attend webinars where great speakers will interact with fellows and help us to kick start our social impact careers with a bang. The unique responsibilities and project work associated with a fellowship program will help me develop the skills and experience required to work in a real job. Participating in a prestigious fellowship will ultimately boost my confidence, and motivate me to take up leadership positions at top universities or corporations. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Bleed with Pride

"BLEED WITH PRIDE" is an ongoing project as of November 2021. ""TABOO Stop making periods a taboo. It is a natural cycle of the woman's body. Just like a beard on a man's face - Bliss."" Here the question arises, do we consider menstruator's periods to be as normal as men's beards? Sadly, the obvious answer is a no. As a solution to this issue, we are working on a project called ""Bleed With Pride"" with an aim to erase the taboo regarding menstruation and equip the neglected group of the society with proper education on menstrual health and hygiene to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Our primary target audience is the people who are deprived of having access to this much-needed knowledge. We are specifically targeting the people of the slum area. Till now, we have taken the ""BLEED WITH PRIDE"" workshop at the slum Area in Chittagong, Bangladesh to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people of all ages. To help the less capable people, we have distributed 1000 free sanitary pads in slum areas of Chittagong to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and trained young girls from backward areas with a view to achieve gender equality and empower all women.

When Covid-19 has arrived as a barrier to reach with the people personally, we have planned for not sitting idly but shifting the project online. We have used artificial intelligence, Mehzabin: A Menstrual Health Education Chatbot For Social Change (m.me/mehjabin.org)/ (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BQZneItR1mqCW23Rs5JZjnHxNhWYBpPx) which offers a variety of languages, audio and self-suggestion about various questions related to menstrual health, essential products related to menstruator's health as well as complete menstrual health guidelines. Where anyone of any gender can ask unanswered questions about menstruator's menstruation. We have further planned and finalised to create an application software for the same purpose. Taboos around periods reinforce gender inequality and make it difficult to solve the challenges faced by many menstruators in managing their hygiene. There’s no shame in periods — but it is shameful that hundreds of millions of menstruation cannot deal with menstruation with dignity and privacy. It’s time to break the taboo and start talking about solutions. This project mainly focuses on SDG 3: Good Health & well beings; and SDG 4: Quality Education and UN Academic Impact: Human rights.

About the Millennium Fellow

Miftahul Jannat Saima is desired to become a multi-skilled person with her intelligence, competitive mind and hardworking. She was born in Bangladesh, resides there and is currently studying in an international university called Asian University for Women. Along with her university policy of working on women empowerment, she is always vocal about human's issues and never gets suppress under any kind of injustice going around her. Her passion for working for the betterment of humans leads her to advocacy for human's rights and social justice. This drive and ardour translated itself from Miftahul's experiences by co-founding an NGO and her continuous dedication to human rights activists. Throughout her high school years, college and currently in her university year, she has successfully organized various philanthropic projects and human rights movements, which through her outstanding leadership she plans to continue in the future. Miftahul aspires to be in a professional field where she can cultivate these advocacies further, and provide her strong contribution to the development of the United Nations' Sustainable Goals.