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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.



Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Noida | Noida, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9


" I firmly believe that moving forward requires pushing each other towards individual and common goals. I wish to create a network of aspirational individuals who fuel my dreams and in turn, I do the same. I also understand that collaborating will enhance the impact I can have on communities. I want to learn more from the different lives community leaders and activists have led in different places. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Say Yes To Cups

The primary aim of my project is to replace sanitary napkins and tampons with menstrual cups on a mass level. For achieving this goal, the project encompasses two major tasks, 1) ground-level research on the use of sanitary napkins versus menstrual cups and 2) sensitization of the target group on the harmful effects of the use of sanitary pads and encouraging the substitution of pads with menstrual cups.

In a country like India, where there exist so many taboos around periods already adversely impacting the menstruating population, discussing menstruation becomes difficult. But it is an important topic that needs to be discussed. The project ‘Say Yes to Cups’ will intrigue people to think about not just the products they are using but in its fundamentals, aims at conquering the taboos around periods while making periods a conversation starter. Taking it a step forward, it is extremely important to address the issue caused by the most common menstrual product. 12.3 billion sanitary napkins are used every year in India. Pads amount to 113,000 tonnes of waste which goes directly into the landfills. Not only do they cause a harmful impact on the environment but have chemicals such as dioxin, used as bleach, which can cause hormonal disruption, thyroid malfunction, diabetes, endometriosis etc. Sanitary pads often advertise themselves as 'leakproof', with an impermeable plastic layer at the bottom of pads, the plastic traps moisture and heat, creating an environment that promotes the growth of yeast and bacteria. The consumers of products such as these need to be educated on the effects of these on our bodies and on the environment, while also ensuring agency of exercising the freedom of choice, and choice can also be exercised when people have the knowledge of the available alternatives.

About the Millennium Fellow

Prachi Shreyskar is a passionate and resilient fourth-year student of law at Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA. She wants to dedicate her time in working in Human Rights and Environmental law. She has worked in refugee laws at the ‘Migration and Asylum Project’ which greatly aided in shaping her belief system of considering the world as one family. She wishes to have an impact beyond borders. Since the age of 15, Prachi had started referring to herself as an environmentalist and reserved time and patience to educate herself and people around her in ways to minimise individual carbon footprint. She is an aspirational learner who wishes to get connected with like-minded, driven people for her own contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Goals.

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