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 ALIYA FATHIMA SHERIFF, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Stella Maris College | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 4

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" Growing up as a doubly marginalised induvidual in the Indian middle class diaspora, I have a lived experience of the challenges we women face. Added to that is my keen interest in facilitating change and encouraging the empowerment of many more young girls of my community. It is high time we consider what happens when the educated part of society still practices archaic and patriarchal norms, like coerced marriages? I believe that the Millennium Fellowship will help us start a discourse on the nuanced and pertinent issues that we face with respect to the institution of marriage. I am excited for the same, and really hope the project impacts as many people as possible! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: FINDEPENDENT

Findependent is a social impact project led by Millennium Fellows (presented by United Nations Academic Impact & Millennium Campus Network) Roshni K Mathew, V Kirthana, Aliya Sheriff, Haifa Maryam and Ritheka Sundar from Stella Maris College, Chennai. This is a social media-centered online campaign that aims to address financial literacy among young women. Oftentimes, students are inadequately informed about managing money and savings and investments options available to them. And financial literacy is fast becoming one of the core skills which facilitate greater opportunities in this competitive world. Better financial literacy would enable young women to make calculated decisions that would ultimately aid in achieving a higher standard of living. Therefore, we feel that it is important to acclimatize the youth of today with this very essential skill and address the gender gap on financial literacy in India.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aliya Fathima Sheriff is a final year English Literature Student from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is an all-rounder, who ethusiastically participates in educational discourses as well as extra curricular activities. She is also the President for the Student's Union of her university. She enjoys learning about culture, people and practices; and is a strong feminist. She is passionate about seeing and facilitating change in her society, especially for girls and those who are marginalised . She prefers to associate herself to a "Jack of all trades, master of none", but also believes that her varied, multiple passions and interests is what makes life exciting!