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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT FAVOUR OLUWATOBI OGEDEGBE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Benin | Benin City, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6
" Being a Millennium Fellow is a dream come true for me. I am delighted to be part of a network of persons who share the same passion for changing the world. Millennium Fellowship will enable me to engage with experts from various fields and develop professional skills. It will also enable me to gain mastery in advocacy which in turn has a huge impact on the lives of young girls. Millennium Fellowship bridge knowledge gaps, open new doors and creates unique opportunities. I believe the Millennium Fellowship is key to this. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Let's talk period!
We have been instructed to talk in hushed voices, to hide our sanitary pads from the male gender, to use slang like our monthly visitor instead of the "menstruation or " period". It often perplexes me. What's wrong with the
word "menstruation" or "period"? When it is a normal biological process and foundation of the human race?
In Nigeria, Menstruation misconceptions exist because of cultural taboos, silence, lack of education, and period poverty. For so many girls, the beginning of
puberty spells sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage. The idea that menstruation should be discussed behind closed doors can only change when we begin to talk about it.
"Let's talk period project aimed at
eradicating myths, exposing long-held
misconceptions about menstruation, and
encouraging victims of abuse to seek help. This was done by educating girls in secondary schools about puberty, addressing teenage pregnancy, and early marriage. Beyond educating the populace, it was essential to ensure what was learned was reinforced and this was achieved through setting up groups where girls could share their
stories; their joy, and also pain. This strengthened the bond of friendship and built a communication network among young girls. This project helped boost female self-confidence, improve mental health, reduce school absenteeism,
and finally, gave girls the vocabulary to talk comfortably and confidently about their bodies.
About the Millennium Fellow
Favour Ogedegbe Oluwatobi is a public health advocate and a final-year pharmacy student of the University of Benin. She is passionate about providing health education to youths and adolescents. She believes that when health needs are met, individuals are empowered to make crucial decisions about their bodies and future. She endeavors to increase awareness about quality life and good health particularly in the areas of sexual reproductive health by engaging in awareness campaigns and encouraging candid discussions about such issues.