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 ANNE MARGARET QUA IBASCO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Simon Fraser University | Burnaby, Canada | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 3

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" Being brought up under social, political, and economic circumstances, where my education was never up for negotiation, has inarguably been a privilege. In recognition of this privilege, the project that I am pursuing with the Millennium Fellowship, centres around girls' access to schooling in developing countries. It is inspired by a vision of women rising above systemic barriers and discrimination, and in turn, uplifting their communities. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Project Arise

Arise is a non-profit project that aims to raise funds in support of educating girls in developing countries, through the creation of an independent magazine. Based on 2021 UNESCO statistics, there are approximately 130 million girls between the ages of 6-17, who are not in school worldwide. In light of this staggering reality, as well as the increased vulnerability of Afghan women in the current political climate, proceeds of the magazine will be donated to the organization, Malala Fund. This group provides financial support to Afghanistan, in addition to 7 other countries across the globe, where girls are most missing out on secondary school education.

The magazine itself aims to feature women of different cultural and religious backgrounds, to create a platform for them to share their personal stories. This focus was chosen with the purpose of initiating cross-cultural dialogue on the subject of ‘feminism,’ so that greater inclusivity within its definition may be promoted. Bearing in mind that this term carries predominantly Western connotations, this project is committed to giving visibility to women of diverse backgrounds, as a celebration of strength in variation, and reliant on the truest forms of agency.

About the Millennium Fellow

Anne Ibasco is a global-minded and human rights conscious, third-year scholarship student at Simon Fraser University. Presently majoring in International Studies, she is specifically concentrated within the stream of International Security and Conflict, as well as has decided to minor in Sustainable Development. Growing up, Anne has always been interested in social justice. This passion resultantly has been translated into her various pursuits within the realms of volunteerism, extracurricular involvement, and academia. In the future, Anne aspires to further involve herself in humanitarian work so that she may positively impact the lives of others.