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 SAMANTI CHOWDHURY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Determination and integrity towards any responsibility help me to take more challenges in the upcoming days. I believe that being a Millennium Fellow will help me interacted with various intellectual personalities around the world which will obviously help me to impact positively towards society. I believe that being
a Millennium Fellow will broaden my positive
outlook so that I may motivate a vast range of
young people to keep their pace in their work.
This will motivate them to never give up which will obviously improve their mental health. This distinction will help me fulfilling my goal towards my project which is looking forward to doing something for the welfare of society. "

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

Samanti Chowdhury is a current undergraduate student at Asian University for Women who has the capabilities such as empathy, humbleness, and inclusiveness which help her to be unprejudiced towards my duty. She works as a bridge among her fellow mates on campus as she always tries to participate in various voluntary projects that helps her to be more hard-working, responsible, and empathetic. Besides, by representing the student body on campus for severak times, she is well capable to carry forward tough responsibilities where she needs towork unanimously on behalf of the fellow mates. Thus, she remains always driven towards her duties and doesn’t let anyone down.