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 AKSHAYA SANAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Govt. Model Engineering College | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9

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" The best feeling of Happiness is when you are happy because you've made someone else happy. The Millennium Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn and hone my skills and create a positive impact. I am eager to collaborate with diverse groups of individuals and the community to make a meaningful and sustainable change during this challenging time. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Menostorm

In India, Menstruation is still surrounded by many taboos and myths which keep them unaware of the importance of Menstrual Hygiene and hygienic health practices, like the use of eco-friendly, sustainable products like Menstrual Cups instead of Sanitary Pads and Tampons which seriously affects our health and brings in damage to our environment. The project Menostorm is to educate women about Menstrual Hygiene, its importance and promote the use of menstrual cups among adolescents and young women in various colleges and schools. Our aim is to bust these myths, clear the doubts, and provide reasons as to why menstrual cups are more sustainable and versatile than sanitary pads or tampons. The SDG that we focus on is SDG3 - Good Health and Wellbeing, as Menstrual health, is as important as Physical and Mental Health.

Women can overcome the stigma associated with menstrual cups only through proper guidance and counseling, for which open-to-all online webinars conducted by experienced doctors are arranged, we will collaborate with various social service societies for linking more social groups, arranging one-to-one doubt clearing sessions with experts and various other informative activities online, by which we can convince the reluctant women to switch to menstrual cups. A survey will be conducted at the beginning of the project and after so that we can measure our impact. The economic, physical, and environmental pros of using menstrual cups will be discussed at length. A step further, we will collaborate with companies and organizations for procuring cups at subsidized rates, so that we can arrange good quality affordable cups for the economically backward women identified by us.

About the Millennium Fellow

Akshaya Sanal is a third-year B-Tech student Majoring in Electronics and Communication at Govt. Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara. She is a passionate learner and explorer, interested in Electronics, Web Development, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence. She loves to share her knowledge, build projects that help the community.

She is an active mentor at The Uplift Project by GirlScript Foundation, teaching Web Development to 20+ students and guiding them to build projects.