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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women | Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 3


" At the tender age of 9, I had a brush with the biggest fear of every child- the fear of losing a parent and then living a life without them. My father, the breadwinner of the family, met with an accident. His savings were to last only a few months; losing him would lead my family to live a life of misery. Fortunately, that day I did not lose my father, nevertheless, that fear lingered throughout my life. The best I could do was to work hard, educate myself and get a job. I spent over a decade of my education focused on getting a decent-paying job, yet, financial planning was never taught or discussed in the curriculum. Financial abundance is not a sufficient condition to live an independent and empowered life. Education and financial literacy form the foundation for empowerment. Looking back, I realize the fear could have been dealt with differently had the concept of family planning, health insurance, life insurance, and investments not been entirely alien to us or if my mother was working. Similar to my mother and I, there would have been several women and children, whose lives could have been empowered had they been educated and financially literate. Like Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Vriddhi

Project Vriddhi, is an initiative that will help women and members of LGBTQ+ community achieve financial literacy. For this project, we conducted an online survey for all age groups, where the sample was convenience-based. We recorded 451 responses which comprised 350 female respondents, 78 male respondents, and 2 non-binary respondents. The mode age group of respondents was 18-24. In the survey, the questions were regarding basic financial knowledge like did they understand the sum breakup of bills or if they knew the difference between a debit card and a credit card, how much they saved, etc. One of the questions was to rate on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being totally dependent while 5 being totally independent), how independent was an individual while making a financial decision. With the average score being 3.02, only 27.28% of female respondents made financial decisions independently compared to 50.53% of male respondents. This data indicates that women's empowerment and upliftment in terms of being financially aware needs to be amplified. We, being members of this society, wish to bridge this gap between women and men and all genders alike with our project.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rishika Bhadani is a pre-final year engineering student at Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women. She has an optimistic charisma and is highly motivated to improve the status of women in society through promoting STEM education. She is a keen learner and has the ideal combination of aptitude, interest, and motivation. She believes in sharing knowledge and giving back to the community.

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