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 MUQADDAS RIAZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Fatima Jinnah Women University | Rawalpindi, Pakistan | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 6

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" I along with my two other fellows who are working with me on this project want to bring our society at par with the developed countries where women no longer suffer only because of their gender. Women have been exposed to abuse in the entire world since the very beginning. Violence against women is one of the main barriers to women’s empowerment and equal participation in society. However, it often goes unnoticed and undocumented and therefore unresolved. Violence against women is rooted in gender inequality. Especially amongst pandemic there has been an increase in frustration at the global level due to decline in the businesses and unemployment. There are a lot of organizations working in this direction and many initiatives have been taken worldwide. But still most of the cases remain unreported due to stigma and shame attached to it. One of the elements that lead to this sort of violence is an outdated and discarded mentality that prevails in patriarchal society that women are somehow inferior to men. To get rid of patriarchy, there is a need of awareness in the society and especially in order to treat it from the grass root level, the children must be educated that women are equal to men and must be bestowed with equal human rights. There are many laws for protection of rights of women but the problem lies in implementation. We as responsible global citizens consider ourselves bound to create a positive impact in this world by improving the society in which we live, at first hand. For this purpose we want to establish a community comprising of Pakistan’s youth that would be volunteering their time and efforts to make this society a better place to live. We would gather like-minded people who would be willing to work for this noble cause in which they would create awareness about the human rights at first, then in second step they would find and create ways and means to eradicate the unemployment in spite of the scarce resources, thirdly they would invest their efforts by playing their role in making the legal institutions of Pakistan even stronger and lastly making sure that people over here are not getting frustrated and their mental health is not being affected due to this pandemic, by providing them platforms to work and also by organizing different webinars for awareness on importance of mental health. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Increasing Domestic Violence during COVID-19

This project aims to create positive impact on our society which is to curb the increasing domestic violence against women during COVID-19. Violence against women is one of the main barriers to women’s empowerment and equal participation in society. However, it often goes unnoticed, undocumented and therefore unresolved. Violence against women is rooted in gender inequality. Especially amongst pandemic there has been an increase in frustration at the global level due to decline in the businesses and unemployment. Most of the domestic violence cases remain unreported due to stigma and shame attached to it. One of the elements that leads to this sort of violence is an outdated and discarded mentality that prevails in patriarchal society that women are somehow inferior to men. To get rid of patriarchy, there is a need of awareness in the society and especially in order to treat it from the grass root level, people must be aware of the fact that women are equal to men and must be bestowed with equal human rights. There are many laws for protection of rights of women but the problem lies in implementation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Muqaddas Riaz is a student of law in 7th semester, currently enrolled in Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi. Muqaddas aspires to be someone who could create a positive impact on the society in which she lives. This world has given her a lot, so she feels indebted to do something in return to make this world a better place.