The ECOSOC committee has just begun! The chairpersons have presented themselves, ensured that the delegates got to know each other and carefully gone through the Rules of Procedure, so that everyone in the room is initiated and ready to MUN!
The first Topic Area of the committee is Establishing an international framework for encouraging women’s economic empowerment. The committee session started with the delegates’ Position Papers, which have mostly denoted consensus among the countries. The delegates have agreed that discrimination is an important issue, the topic in discussion is of great interest, and hoped that a fruitful debate will follow.
„Liberty, equality and fraternity, that is our motto. We must restate it and take all the measures to honor it.” – The delegate of France
„We must acknowledge that in the year 2019 we are still facing problems regarding gender inequality.” – The delegate of India
„Women are not benefiting of equality at every time and place.” – The delegate of Luxembourg
„In some environments, inequalities are not only existing, but also growing.” – The delegate of Netherlands
Things are going steady and smoothly for now, as no tensions have kicked off and the countries seem to continue the consensus tendencies. Caucus proposals, however, have been competitive, as some have passed, while some have been denied by the majority. A few of the hugely regarded subjects are the pay gap between men and women, the role of education and the causes of why women do not participate in the labour market.
„Social issues are the main reason women don’t acknowledge their rights and don’t have access to resources. Domestic unpaid work takes a lot of their time and energy and they don’t benefit from tailored working conditions.” – The delegate of Denmark
„This delegate recognizes lack of education as a cause and believes that the reason why women don’t participate in the labour market is that they are aware of the wage gap. In Germany, the Parliament passed the Transparency of Pay Act as a solution to ensure pay equality and close the gap that is currently between 7 and 21% across the country.” – The delegate of Germany
A moderated caucus on securing decent work has also taken place.
„It is remarkable that 1.4 billion people are currently working in vulnerable work environments. If we militate for this issue, benefits are going to spring for both employees and employers: employees get fair working conditions, while employers attract high class staff”, the delegate of Ireland mentions.
Further delving into the debate, another moderated caucus is proposed by the Netherlands and passes by majority: Stereotypes and education.
„It is unacceptable that nowadays, stereotypes such as that women are less intelligent than men, or that they don’t receive the same rights as men are still existing. A very important thing to do is implement programs in schools that teach kids of the future generations to think differently, act differently and maybe be the first generations to grow and develop free of discrimination” – The delegate of Germany
„Education should change in order to promote equality between men and women, to broaden one’s knowledge horizon not only in regard with theoretical information and practical experience, but also with traditions and mentalities around the globe. This way, one can develop both intellectually and spiritually and we can raise awareness concerning the disadvantages women face.” – The delegate of India
As we approach the end of the day, the delegates are teaming up and writing directives. The debate for today was fruitful as expected, and we can’t wait to continue tomorrow!
Written by Costescu Andrei, Press Officer