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 SREYA P, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" I aspire to take up a career in the development field. Millennium Fellowship, I believe, will help me gain more knowledge and skills in this particular field. Moreover, as a person keen to meet new people and gain more experience, this fellowship feels like the best opportunity. I hope, by the completion of the fellowship, I will be a competent individual in the development sector. "

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

Sreya is a social work student and a development enthusiast who has a passion for developing sustainable solutions. She is hardworking and curious to learn about new things and to update herself. Sreya also loves to nurture friendships at all arenas and believes that this will help her grow both personally and professionally. She embraces every opportunity that comes forward and utilise it to apply and develop her skillsets. She is ambitious and professional and aspires to contribute to the development of UN's Sustainable Goals.