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 OLUWAPELUMI PRISCILLA OJO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Lagos | Lagos, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 9

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" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it gives me a bigger picture of the UN SDG that aligns with my interest and how I can be able to address the SDG, which is centered on Gender Equality. It also serves as an avenue for me to hone my communication, excellent decision-making skills, and process development skills. It is also an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals across the globe and contribute my talents and proficiency in leadership towards team efforts. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Protect Her

Protect her is a millennium fellowship project, a not-for-profit organization that advances SDG 5 and advocates against all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) To achieve legal and systemic change. Nigeria has long been facing a gender-based violence crisis, with 30% of women and girls aged 15-49 having experienced sexual abuse. The surging cases of sexual assault in Nigeria sparked an enthusiasm in me to identify the root cause and fight against SGBV. I have come to identify that the number of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases in Nigeria has spiked; over 297% increase has been recorded, and this increase has threatened the lives and livelihood of women and girls. Only 5.0% of SGBV victims reported the abuse and sought help, and only 2.75% of these victims are receiving services. Lack of harmonization amongst crucial stakeholders, poor implementation of legal and policy frameworks, gender-discriminatory norms, harmful traditional practices, general lack of awareness of the issue are fundamental factors that impede efforts to address gender-based violence in Nigeria. To help combat and support survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, protect her is implementing positive social changes in communities in Lagos, Nigeria, through partnership with appropriate organizations that can help sexual and gender-based violence survivors with rapid medical aid and free legal representation and also by raising awareness and educating women and girls about SGBV, their rights to seek services and justice through comprehensive sexuality education sessions and outreaches.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ojo Oluwapelumi Priscilla is a self-motivated and highly reliable sophomore law student at the University of Lagos. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and she currently resides there. She has an interest in sports law, maritime, taxation, arbitration, she is enthusiastic about human rights and is an advocate for nature conservation and gender equality. This drive and avidity have reflected in her choice of courses area, conferences attended as well as the firms she has interned with. Oluwapelumi is always opened to discussions on, and avenues for personal development,self-growth, goodwill, and the attainment of social progress.