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 PRACHI SHARMA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Delhi | New Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6

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" Creativity of a sole mortal helps him/her to flap the wings and be gone in the endless sky to explore and live. I wish to explore and live and evolve until it is possible, and Millennium Fellowship will certainly help me to attain my goals because I wish to entwined my creativity with the need to help others, to see them smile and cherish. Working of Millennium Fellowship SGDs and UNAI principles will not only raise my potential but also change the perception of people towards life, because I envision a better world. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Bridging the Divide

Project Bridging The Divide aims to bridge both a digital divide and an informational one. Having identified accessibility barriers prevalent in our times, this project aims to educate young girls about internet safety measures as well as guide them to meaningful resources, so that they're able to access the empowering facets of the internet. It will also reach out to girls and give them basic knowledge about menstrual health along with a free supply of sanitary napkins so that the stigma around this biological process is no longer a constraint. This Project will principally focus on the rural belts of Odisha, Haryana and Delhi.

We called this project "Bridging the Divide" because the first thing that we all agreed upon was the fact that a very clear divide of accessibility exists between women and men. This divide prevents women from ever escaping the cycle of oppression. In some places, it's a digital divide that prevents women from accessing everything that the internet offers and isolates them further. In some, it's the stigma around menstruation that's driving a wedge and preventing women from talking freely about any of their issues. In others, it's a lack of access to important resources like menstrual hygiene products.

This project aims to increase accessibility to public spaces for women and is focused on SDG 5. Throughout the sessions that we attended as a part of the Fellowship, the one thing that stood out to us was that no two issues can be treated the same. There are always nuances involved that need to be addressed. We applied this realisation while framing our approach. Another thing that we learnt was to respect the individuality of the people we were to meet. Learning this shaped our conversational approach to sensitisation.

The team recognised that a rigid solution could not bring any sustainable change. This is where the diversity of the group came in handy. All of them came from vastly different backgrounds, with a myriad of experiences. Satyam and Ishika hailed from the same city but lived in contrasting localities while Ankit hailed from Sonipat, Haryana and Prachi, New Delhi. The principal problems in all their surroundings were unique and needed to be addressed separately.

About the Millennium Fellow

Prachi Sharma is a student currently pursuing political science from the University of Delhi and is ambitious to insert a change in the world with small steps. She's passionate and is 19 years old which sees the world like it wants to be seen. She likes to read alot. She usually reads day and night and any spare minute she has to learn and evolve with some habits to write as well. So far, she's composed a number of poems. Despite her country's circumstances, she is passionate enough to work for the cause, to see women the way they want to be seen. Not as some inferior gender.