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 AKANKSHA PRADYUMNA OAK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

O.P. Jindal Global University | Sonipat, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6

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" Enthusiasm and the love of interacting with people with a similar mindset, having similar goals and purposes, fueled with interesting discussions drive my passion and my work. The skills I gain from the Millennium Fellowship would help me become a better leader. The webinars, discussions with other Millennium Fellows and alumni would inspire and motivate me to work towards the SDGs more effectively. I am thrilled to be a part of this program and to learn and be inspired. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Period

Project Period aims to distribute cloth pads to women and adolescent girls and to lessen period poverty in India. Women in rural areas often face challenges in accessing menstrual products and this increases the risk of the urinary tract and reproductive tract infections. The synthetic disposable sanitary pads which are easily available in the market are harmful to the environment and their improper disposal and decomposition cause serious damage to the environment. Every month, India produces 1 billion menstrual waste which fills up landfills and emits toxic gases in the environment. Project PERIOD aims to mitigate and conserve the environment by encouraging the use of eco-friendly menstrual products like cloth pads. Cloth pads can be reused for 6-7 months. This would result in less menstrual waste, as the cloth pads are reusable, helping ecological conservation. Since the cloth pads can last for 6-7 months, women and adolescent girls who do not have easy access to menstrual products will not have to worry about the availability of disposable sanitary napkins every month

About the Millennium Fellow

Akanksha Pradyumna Oak is a bright, young law student at Jindal Global Law School, Haryana. She was born in India, Mumbai. She is passionate about environmental laws, ecological conservation and working towards the betterment of society. Throughout her high school days, she has worked with several NGOs and continues to do so even in her college days. She has worked towards providing medical aid to the poor at subsidised rates to spreading information about sexual education and protected sex, menstruation by conducting workshops and webinars. Akanksha aspires to cultivate these activities and work even further towards contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals.