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 GIZEM ÖZGÜR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Koç University | İstanbul, Turkey | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship gives me a great opportunity to create a public health project that I am passionate about and realize it with my team. Here I have the chance to use my creativity, strength against obstacles, problem solving and teamwork skills. I am motivated to raise awareness among young people and I am honored to be a Millennium Fellow. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sexual And Reproductive Health for All

In Turkey, education for sexual and reproductive health is a mostly neglected issue because of prejudices and a lack of awareness. There is no formal education for sexual and reproductive health in the curriculum of the secondary education of Turkey and most parents do not provide necessary information and resources to their children because of cultural and religious beliefs. Even though most university students have become sexually active, they do not have enough knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and they tend to have risky sexual activities during their college years. Thus, most college students in Turkey have insufficient information and resources for their sexual health and several of them experience some adverse events related to their sexual health.

We planned a three-step intervention project to fill this knowledge gap among our peers to increase safer sexual attitudes and behaviors. Our educational intervention plan consists of three steps (a pre-assessment, an educational program, a post-assessment) focusing on three aspects of sexual and reproductive health such that reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception, and sexually-transmitted diseases. Our project will be completed at the end of December, 2021.

About the Millennium Fellow

Gizem Özgür is a last year medical student at Koç University, Turkey. She was born in Istanbul and currently lives there but loves to travel and visits many countries. She attaches importance to diversity among people and defends that respect and freedom are the basis of humanity. In addition to her interest in public health, she did her minor in sociology and took part in many voluntary social responsibility projects since her childhood. She defines herself as a purely group worker, both in the role of participant and leader. And now fully motivated to contribute to the health and awareness of the next generations.