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On the second day of sessions, the UN Women’s committee opened with an air of cooperation and promising resolutions. The delegate of Liberia, Keren Sherington, stated that she was pleased to fi nd everyone with the same focus and goals with all the delegates working together to fi nd a communal agreement to start a program of action. Sherington, a student from Israel, chose to participate with the UN Women’s committee on account of the strength she recognizes in herself and in her fellow women of the world, a ‘sisterhood’ as she stated. Sherington also acknowledged her admiration for the men in the committee, although few, who are working towards the same goals of providing all women with equal opportunity and safety as she. It was a hard day full of draft resolutions, disagreements, but ended on a hopeful note of mergence suggestions and a projected unanimous vote on UN Women Paper 1. One of the main draft resolutions sponsored by the delegates of the Philippines, Iran, Uganda, and Russia highlighted the importance of prevention- raising awareness to make men more aware of the challenges faced by women, particularly in rural areas, professional workshops to get women initiated into the employment cycle, and medical assistance. Most delegates seemed to be in favour of merging their draft resolutions if it was revised to include the role of religion and culture in women’s rights, as suggested by the delegate of Bangladesh and to include legal measures to criminalize feminicide and to protect victims of violence by improving judicial procedures, as suggested by the delegate of Argentina. The delegate of Liberia who was part of an alternate draft that included emphasizing how to provide legal and psychological support for victimized women stated there was no reason not to merge. However things were more heated than yesterday with serious opposition from the delegates of the United States and Germany. Regardless of the delegate of Uganda’s persuasive arguments as she tried to lobby support, both remained firmly against Iran’s involvement in the resolution due to its oppressive policies. Yet, overall the same points were touched in all of the draft resolutions and mergence inevitably happened. Amendments look promising for today and we are hopeful for a fruitful resolution.
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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