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 ARCHANA SUNIL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Strengthening leadership among youth for global benefit is one of the esteemed features of this fellowship. Understanding the need for youth participation and action in order to bring the changes in the society which we wish to see has always been an important question. To be able to participate in an initiative linking youth and sustainable development is always something to look forward to especially when it is with an esteemed organisation. "

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

Archana Sunil is a BA social work student from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur, Maharashtra. She is very passionate and curious about her field and is still exploring the different horizons of it. She understands that they are a lot more to learn and is willing to grab as many opportunities as she can to learn. Helping and working with society to make positive changes is always something she wishes to do.