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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.



Tata Institute of Social Sciences | Mumbai, India | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 2


" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship, I am looking forward to the guiance and team building exercises which will help us to start individual projects, albeit on a small scale, to make meaningul differences in the society. Through this fellowship, I will be able to cultivate my creativity, team work, social interactivity, and collective thinking. I have always been eager to work on intersectionality in the issues of climate change, gender and public policy. The guidance and skills that I would recieve from the fellowship will encourage me to be an active participant in these initiatives and contribute meaningully to these causes. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Enhancing Human Capabilities: Bhrithi

The Project, us four Millenium Fellows from Tata Institute of Social Sciences started, is aptly named Project Bhrithi. Bhrithi means nourishment or sustenance. It also means livelihood, salary or wages. We borrow from both these perspectives to give our project a new meaning, which is providing sustenance or nourishment to enhance livelihoods. Team Bhrithi identifies three main sections to target in working towards eradicating period poverty: nutrition, accessibility and awareness. We recognize the constraints we four had, sitting in different corners of a large country, at the time of the Pandemic, to carry out meaningful work in this arena at the ground level. We had our rationale and our project ready when a golden opportunity was presented to us in the form of an NPO called the ADIRA Foundation. ADIRA conducted awareness camps in rural areas and urban slums to educate young girls, women and people who menstruate regarding menstrual hygiene and sanitation. They have covered in their efforts, 33 locations so far across India, touched the remotest villages, urban slums and orphanages and distributed over 11,400 sanitary napkins. They also have been active in educating over 8,000 menstruators across the country. We contacted the NPO and partnered up with them to translate our vision into groundwork. Team Bhrithi and ADIRA were both enthusiastic and we set up a funding link to carry out drives in places like Jodhpur, Bangalore, Kolkata and Guwahati. These drives include distribution of nutrition packages, sanitary napkins as well as a webinar where experts from around the country can be virtually connected to responsibly divulge necessary information and dispel stigmas and taboos regarding menstruation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Apoorva Mishra is an innovative and bright student of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur. She is a multicultural Indian who grew up between Uttrakhand in the North and Kerala in the South. She has always been an avid reader which widened her perspectives and kept her informed on the different issues of the world. She is immensely passionate about social equity in a country like India and believes that it has to be talked about more in the context of oncoming issues of climate crisis and future pandemics. Her interest in social sciences and to understand the nuances and power relations existing in the social world encouraged her to pursue a social science bachelors degree. She has also in her free time, always made a point to volunteer as much as she could and engage with the society. Apoorva aspires to continue her pursuits of knowledge and strive to bring out definite policy changes inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Goals in the future through her work.

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