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 SAI SATYAM SIDHARTH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will help me tune my actions, and bring my ideas come into motion. I am excited that it will open doors for me to connect with people who shares the same opinions.
I am on my way to out and out the inequality that exist in the society and Millennium Fellowship will enhance my skills and understandings and will have a lasting impression on me and the cause I am working for. "

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

Sai Satyam Sidharth an undergrad in History and English at University of Delhi, he also writes poems and an indie/alternative artist from the city of Rourkela, Odisha. He calls himself a nomad in search of the perfect burger. He may not have found the perfect burger yet, but in his search of expeditions, he found a myriads of cultures and people all which have latched themselves to his soul. His songs reflects an organic and and earthly quality reflecting his firm belief in music as a tool of change. He believes in gender equality and acknowledges the innumerable challenges and issues women’s face in our society.
He understand the inequality that is flourished in the society and believes that Men almost have the most important role in achieving gender equality and promoting initiatives on women empowerment