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 JOY OGHELE EKEBAFE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Benin | Benin City, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 6
" There are lots of cases of sexual violence in Nigeria which do not even add up to the statistic. A higher number of these cases have women and children as victims. The cases never see justice because the victims hardly pursue it. When they do, they are either ill equipped with the knowledge of the law, or with acceptable evidence or they are discouraged into silence and shame by the society. As a result of this, the streets are littered with disgusting, unafraid sexual predators, the environment is unsafe.
This is my fuel. I want a safer environment for myself, those i love and all Nigerians. This is the only home I've known, i want to do something to help.
I am excited to do this in the capacity of a Millennium Fellow because it gives me more credibility in the eyes of the people i want to help, in a way that they can listen to my advice and trust me with their experiences. Also, i have such great ideas of how to execute my plans but i look foward to learn more from such a wonderful platform. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Nigeria Against Sexual Crimes
Nigeria Against Sexual Crimes is a project aimed at enlightening people about rape and every other form of sexual molestation; how it is not gender based, the Nigerian laws against it, how to get justice for victims, society's view
on it and what an ideal mindset should be about rape and sexual molestation, with the hope of weakening and eventually breaking the culture of silence and victim blaming concerning sexual related crimes.
It is going to be a chiefly virtual project with strong pillars on social media. That will foster wider reach and participation. Flowing from
this, we know people might come forward asking for justice on their sexual violence experience. Where this happens, we would connect them to a lawyer or to a trusted NGO on sexual violence to take up their case.
About the Millennium Fellow
Joy Oghele Ekebafe is a University student working towards a Bachelor degree in Law (LLB) at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She has lived all her life in Nigeria, hence her passion to use her knowledge in the fields of law to pay foward to the community. Joy has always been passionate about strengthening public organizations in Nigeria so victims of rape, pedophilia and other forms of sexual molestation can receive justice, also using the strength of non governmental organizations to the same aim. She is equally passionate about providong a safer environment for women and children as far as sexual molestation is concerned.