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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. 44,000+ student leaders from 3,300+ campuses across 170+ nations applied to join the Class of 2023. 260+ campuses worldwide (just 9%) in 38 countries were selected to host 4,000+ Millennium Fellows for the Class of 2023.



University of Benin | Benin City, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 6


Millennium Fellowship Project: TRIBESHOOD AFRICA PROJECT

In our contemporary world, gender-based violence is slowly becoming a norm and it is a
pervasive issue that continues to hinder social progress and equality across the globe. In order
to address this pressing concern, my project, Tribeshood Africa, endeavors to educate
individuals specifically focusing on young minds and school children about gender-based
violence and the advocacy of the principles of equality and respect, this was carried out through
a Benin City School Tour where we went to schools to educate students. Aligned with the
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number five, which focuses on achieving gender equality,
this project strives to foster a society free from violence and discrimination.
As a Millennium Fellow, I collaborated with other millenium fellows whose initiative focused
on promoting Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5, which are education and gender equality,
respectively. Our primary objective was to raise awareness among school students about
gender-based violence and empower them to take a stand against it.
The reason I chose to be a part of the campaign against gender based violence that focused
on junior secondary schools is that, over time in Nigeria, children under the age of 15 are
frequently subjected to various forms of abuse, including but not limited to child marriage, rape,
physical abuse and emotional abuse. Many times, these children don't even understand what it
means to be abused, making it difficult for them to recognize when their rights are violated.
Even those who understand often buy into the narrative that certain behaviors provoke violence,
leading them to blame themselves when abused.
As a child, I wasn't familiar with the exact term "gender-based violence," but I was aware of its
forms. Like most Nigerian children, I too believed that behaviors like stubbornness and indecent
dressing could trigger physical abuse and rape, respectively.
Having such a mindset only allows for the spread of gender based violence as victims refuse
to seek justice. It is in line with this that our project aims to sensitize children on what gender
based violence is and ensure that children no longer live in fear and can speak up against
gender-based violence.
During the project, we visited two different schools in Benin City, reaching out to over 500
students. We provided valuable insights on what gender-based violence is and how these
students could actively combat it. Throughout this experience, I applied my leadership skills to
compose letters of approval for the secondary schools. A key lesson I learned during the
fellowship was that the true aim of any project should be to create a lasting impact on the
community, rather than merely focusing on capturing pictures or objectifying those we aim to
assist. The fellowship also exposed me to various leadership styles, and I identified my style as
"South." This realization helped me embrace my unique leadership approach, understanding that
no style is inherently superior to others.
To future Millennium Fellows, I offer the advice that they should prioritize the value-packed sessions and the genuine positive change they can bring to their communities over the pursuit
of a certificate.

About the Millennium Fellow

Gloria Nanakumor Wosowei is a penultimate student of the University of Benin. She is driven by her passion and love for social development goals. Gloria, is a young woman that believes that we can do great things from small places. She is also a writer who has used her works to advocate for the right of women and children, notable of these works includes; "Ayomide", "Amina" and "Her".

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