The second part of the day in the SOCHUM Committee begun with the usual motion of verification of the forum attendance presence. The Committee Chair assured that all the delegations were present and subsequently communicated that in a short period, the resolution is going to be voted upon.
The majority of the delegates expressed their satisfaction with the progress made and affirmed they were pleased by their efficient work. Afterwards, they voted with unanimity a motion to close the discussion topic. As the press officers left the room, the delegations voted on the draft resolution. What followed was a 5 minute period in which the delegations articulated their votes. As the new resolution was passed the future of world heritage sites in conflict zones was decided.
Having reached a satisfying conclusion, the delegates moved to the topic area B, the protection of woman rights in conflict zones. As the nation’s representatives begun exposing their view we clearly saw a difference in the values of each country. Most of the western states recognized the physical and sexual exploitation of women in conflict zones. They recognized those acts as being a tragedy that needs to be addressed by collaborative actions. However, the delegate of Iran made it a point to stress that during war all civilian suffer regardless of gender, the UN should not discriminate its protection on only a portion of the general population.
Afterwards, the Committee engaged in a moderated caucus with the focus on finding the core causes of violence against woman in conflict zones. The majority of the delegates stated that lack of education is the root cause of violence. Adding to this, the delegate of India emphasized the need to properly adapt education to each country’s culture and tradition.
Following this declaration, the delegate of Brazil attested that the cause of violence against woman is the lack of education and Islamic religious beliefs.
As a result of this affirmation, the delegates begun discussing the relations between violence against woman and religion, especially in the Muslim world. The delegate of Saudi Arabia responded by stressing that the protection of woman should not be an attack on others countries cultures. Soon, both the delegations of Saudi Arabia and of Brazil begun to structure their discourses to emphasis the culpability of Islam in perpetuating violence against woman. It continued for several minutes in a moderated caucus.
Few attempts were made to establish a prosperous dialog to find solutions to reduce and stop the violence against woman. At the end of today session the Committee saw that it was best to focus their attention on providing more humanitarian air in conflict zones. Our only hope is that tomorrow will bring about a more clear and coherent line of action.
By Bălan Oana