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 ANANYAA BENIWAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences | Kolkata, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 6

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" Millennium Fellowship would allow me to work with a group of professionals who are committed to social justice and enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals who were impacted by social disadvantages. The experience is going to help me in my future endeavours. Being surrounded by people with the same aim and mindset toward social change will allow me to learn from other
people. The exposure is going to help me get a better perspective on a lot of things. All of us have a dream to bring a change in society, but the guidance and support that will be provided throughout the fellowship will help us follow the right path to achieve that dream and make this world a better place for everyone. It will help me develop values and management skills to aim for more extensive projects at a larger scale. It will help me further cultivate my core values like empathy, humility and inclusion. There is an abysmal state of sex education in India. India has a growing adolescents population and evolving attitude towards sex. A lot of students are not provided sex education by their parents or schools. As a result of ignorance, young people are ill-equipped to make healthy sexual choices and form healthy relationships. Therefore, it is essential to educate high schoolers and equip them with a comprehensive framework of sex education and legal resources to help them access the justice system. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sex Education for All (SEFA)

Sex Education For All (SEFA): which focuses on UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education in close alignment with the United Nations Academic Impact: Principle 6 furthering a commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education. We have reached out to adolescents from 9-12th standard in High Schools across India, equipping them with sex education and legal requisites that a child their age should be aware of. From understanding consent, to having the tools to deal with cyber harassment, or making benefits of the mental health act, SEFA aspires to inspire as many students as possible. With as many as 30 people from NUJS on board, Tushmi Udyalak as the Founder, Sushovan Patnaik as the co-founder are also heading the cohort as campus ambassadors of NUJS. We aim to equip the young adults at NUJS with social impact leadership training and skills as provided by UN MCN and UNAI. Social media harassment (IT Act and other related statutes), grooming (minors + consent), IPC Provisions (Outrage of Modesty, Voyeurism, etc.), POCSO and Sex Education topics like STI, pregnancy test, birth control etc have been covered via a Primer by us law-students in this project.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ananyaa Beniwal is a 2nd-year law student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. She is born and brought up in India. For as long as she can remember, Ananyaa has been passionate about her advocacies for social justice. She has been engaged in various social inviatives throughout her highschool years and currently in college she is looking forward to contributing in the development of United Nations Sustaibale Development Goals.