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 AFRIN K. ASHIK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

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" The Millennium Fellowship is a one of a kind opportunity that helps breathe life into projects that compel meaningful and sustainable change. I am so grateful to be a part of a network of student leaders from campuses across the world and join hands in our collective journey towards the realization of a better world for everyone. With my background in law, I hope to undertake work that combines legal knowledge and community participation to drive social change in communities around me. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Kaayal

Project Kaayal focuses on empowering indigenous fishing communities in Kerala and is modelled after the Kuruwitu Conservation & Welfare Association. It essentially seeks to give back to the fishing community of Kerala by ensuring their socio-economic self-sufficiency by giving them priority agency over the seas and backwaters and helping them harness their understanding of the marine ecosystem to their and the biodiversity's advantage. As one of the most historically marginalised classes in the State, the issues faced by the community are not merely occupational in nature, but overlap with other material and social disadvantages, along with bearing the very severe effects of climate change.

The project hopes to conduct awareness-raising events within the community and to collect their input on a number of aspects. Further, these will be studied and developed into a proposal through collaboration with experts in the field (such as marine scientists) and submitted to the concerned State Departments, such as the Fisheries Department, the Backward Communities Development Department and the Kerala State Legal Services Authority namely.

About the Millennium Fellow

Afrin Ashik reads law at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi and has a keen interest in matters of public welfare and social justice. She is committed to promoting spaces that are inclusive, accessible and diverse both within and outside academia. With her world intersecting at slightly unequal angles of literature, music and visual arts, she spends her time volunteering for social impact and legal aid initiatives alike.