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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


" In this fast-paced world, it's always our choice to be a leader or a follower. Every individual got a leader in themselves to empower fellow beings in this journey of the struggle for equality. Having identified that, I always 'Dream for Change'. By being a Millennium Fellow, I can build my capacity for greater participation in decision-making and transformative action and also enhance my future socially impactful works. "

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

Gowri Anil is an enthusiastic, outspoken and resilient individual who aspires to be an inclusive leader with an etic perspective. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Social Sciences at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and she did her schooling in Saudi Arabia. She looks forward to building her career in the field of organisational behaviour. She is also a mentee for the UNESCO X Women@Dior program in 2021. Being a woman of tomorrow, she aims to assist humanity and make a change in the common woman’s life by getting them aware of their moral entitlements and social policies that help in achieving equity of the basic human capabilities.

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