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 TAHIYA TASNIM, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Positivity, empathy, creativity and a drive to create a better world powers me to go on. The Millennium Fellowship will allow me to maximize these different skills and qualities of leadership. Millennium Fellowship will help me to make a difference, a social impact on schools and art communities more tangible and aligned with the SDGS and UNAI principles. I am thrilled to enhance my anticipatory competence by envisioning new ways of learning. "

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

Tahiya Tasnim is a self-motivated, positive, creative and empathetic individual from Bangladesh. She is extremely enthusiastic about helping others. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) at the Asian University for Women. Growing up something that caught her eyes was the difficulties that someone has to face when pursuing education in Bangladesh. When she was just a 14-year-old she witnessed how another 14-year-old, the daughter of her maid, was forced to leave school as her parents wanted her to get married and how a poor 12-year-old boy had to leave school and work at a local store as his family needed him to earn money. Despite laws, such stories commonly occur in Bangladesh. As a teenager all these created a desire in her for helping unprivileged students and increasing the literacy rate of Bangladesh. Ever since then she has successfully participated in projects that took her one step closer to the better world she dreams about. Tahiya aspires to be a changemaker and to work in a professional field where she can further advocate her advocacies and provide her contribution in the development of the United Nations Sustainable Goals.