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 SITARA SHAHZAD, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" As a future lawyer, I want to have experience of how communities in low income areas survive discrimination and violence. This fellowship will enable me to set definite goals for my future. I will have well-researched information about violence in Pakistan after the completion of the project. I will
also be able to interact and share insights of other participants of the fellowship if I avail myself of this opportunity. "

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 One of the elements that leads to this sort of violence is an outdated and discarded mentality that prevails in patriarchal society that women are somehow inferior to men.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

Sitara Shahzad is always a hardworking, co-operative, social and friendly Law student at the institute Fatima Jinnah Women University. She was born in the most backward and neglected area of Gilgit Baltistan and currently resident of Islamabad Pakistan. She is currently studying in Rawalpindi Pakistan. She has always been very keen to address the issues prevalent in the society and this enthusiasm let her to fight for the rights of marginalized women. In addition to it, she always tries to help unprivileged people and always have a keen interest in solving their issues by community engagement.