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 RAIDA ZAMAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will enrich my skills, will develop new skills, and help me gain experience. It will help me to be more creative, adaptive, and passionate about my goal and will help me to implement them into action. The skills I gain from Millennium Fellowship will definitely make my social impact on our society more effective with UNAI principles and SDGs. I am super excited about this journey. "

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

Raida Zaman is a bright and young student who is pursuing Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the Asian University for Women. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is currently staying there. For as long as she could remember, she always wanted to work for food wastage. She aspires to be in a professional field where she can work for the reduction of food wastage and reduce food poverty and provide her own contribution to the development of the United Nations' Sustainable Goals.