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 SHIVANI RAMAKRISHNAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research | Tirupati, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" As quoted by John F Kennedy "One person can make a difference and everyone should try" and this is my try towards creating a social impact. I believe that this fellowship would give me the oppurtunity to gain skills in strategic planning, entrepreneurship,creative problem-solving, and intrapreneurship.Millennium Fellowship has inspired me to include philanthropic management to my career goals. "

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

Shivani Ramakrishnan is an undergrad student of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.She's a truly generous person.And when it comes to her work persona, she brings out the rational self in her.She likes to experiment and try out new things that could be helpful to society and fondly anticipates to contribute her part of fidelity for living in this amazing world.Her earlier middle school project inspired by an NGO involved the making of a help desk,a multifunctional piece of recycled cardboard that serves the purpose of a desk & backpack which most of the rural student's population don't have access to.This kindled her to do more such things in future and led her to be a part of this fellowship programme.Her experience with presentations comes in handy for explaining stuffs and has benefited her leadership quality and skills.She has the commitment,dedication and the courage it takes to rejuvenate the environment to be considerate about humanity. She has been a part of projects, functions and organizations at her school and has constantly been taking leadership roles.She hopes to fulfill the SDG project taken in hand.