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 MALVIKA DANGWAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Christ (Deemed to be University) Bannerghatta Campus | Bengaluru, India | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 9

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" Being a Millennium Fellow reaffirms my faith in the power of youth to lead change. As President of the Bengaluru-based student volunteer NGO, Girl Up Mukti, I am excited for the magnitude of impact I can create in the lives of young girls. I wish to target the problem of lack of awareness around menstrual hygiene that contributes to the larger problem of gender inequality and work towards a solution. The stigma surrounding menstruation is taught to menstruators so early on that even menstruators are hesitant to talk about it amongst themselves. I wish to initiate a conversation on a public platform, normalize menstruation, and also sensitize both menstruators and menstruators about the biological phenomenon. I wish to make this conversation holistic. Menstruation is not a phenomenon exclusive to women, lack of awareness of this aspect has alienated a significant fraction of the population from conversations around menstruation. I intend to change this through public dialogue. I firmly believe in the saying, “If I can see, I can be it.” As a media student, I understand how much representation matters, how much seeing someone like you talking about issues you care about, can motivate you to speak up as well. I wish to initiate and amplify this representation. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Girl Up Mukti

Girl Up Mukti is a Bengaluru based youth-run club under the Girl Up Campaign, a UN Foundation initiative to empower girls. The club aims to educate and empower and works for gender equality. We focus on menstrual equity as one of our primary goals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Malvika Dangwal is a feminist. She strongly believes in the power of communication and aims to utilize it to help communities unlearn the taboos associated with menstruation. She is a poet and loves cycling. Born in the foothills of the Himalayas, she bears an innate affinity to nature. She is a final year journalism student, who hopes to create a positive sustainable impact. Malvika believes in the power of education to truly transform lives at the grassroots level. Education was a liberating and empowering experience for her. She thus wishes to make education accessible to all.