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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT NEHA ADARSH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research | Tirupati, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" Sensitive to changes, empathy and compassion drives her approach to solve problems and recognise and value the ideas of her colleagues and find a mid diplomatic path to include everyone. These ideas form the basis for any change she wants to bring in and feels that the right goals can only be reached and still retain their meaning when they are approached from a right path. She hopes to grow herself more and in the process make lives better for people around her. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Vimukthi
In many societies, women are discriminated against due to socio-cultural factors. We come from India, where menstruation is considered a social taboo, and menstrual hygiene is often ignored in rural societies. Just talking about periods raises a lot of stigmas. Project Vimukthi focuses on raising awareness about women’s health and providing them medical services through health camps. These tasks will be achieved through a series of interactive workshops for local schools, orphanages, and rural communities in Tirupati. The workshops will include information about growing up, the physiology of menstruation, and hygiene that can help girls. Our project hopes to make girls and women be able to freely express (hence the name: Vimukthi-be freed) and talk about their reproductive health, as many women do not feel safe talking about their health and are afraid of judgement. Through self-funding and proposed collaborations with organisations with the help of the outreach club in our college, we hope to provide factual education on menstrual health combined with the supply of sanitary products. The interactive workshops and health camps will run parallel to ensure the maximum benefit.
About the Millennium Fellow
Neha Adarsh is a science passionate born in India, residing there and fulfilling her dream to become a scientist at IISER Tirupati, India. She has always questioned not only the physical side of the world but the emotional and mental side as well. Hence it shocks her to see the unimaginable condition of women and other backward communities. She believes that scientific practices and mindset should be integrated and flowed freely in the general public, so as to increase the standard of living of the general public. She is also educating herself and others about citizen duties, LGBTQ+ rights, caste issues, women's rights and human rights. She is a firm believer of upliftment of all backward communities that runs parallel to SDGs set by the United Nations. She counts curiousity, empathy, sensitivity and materialisation of ideas as her strengths and feels these traits will let her help people and make her a better human being in the process.