The first session in the Human Rights committee started with a mock session with the topic of “Who should pay on the first date?” The delegates were very keen on stating their minds and they took it very seriously. The delegation of Congo stated that men should not be the one paying because “it is disrespectful towards women”. On the other hand the delegation of Hungary states that “we are living in a modern world where it should not matter who pays” be it the first date or not. Other delegates said that it should be seen as a romantic gesture or an act of kindness and shouldn’t be regarded as a must for men.
The second part of the session started with a nice debate during which all the delegates were invited to speak their minds in what concerns the rights equality between genders. The UK delegation started by discussing the inequalities between genders and the adversities that women face in the workplace as well as other fields. The other delegates continued arguing on the positions and problems that women undergo in their countries. After this they started a moderated caucus with the duration of 12 minutes with the motion “Historical background of discrimination between genders”. Ecuador is the first to speak and raises the problem of the women who cannot access health and reproductive rights. The delegations of UK and USA stated that the roots of this discrimination are in the lack of education and they suggest that the developing countries should establish a minimum living standard so that women can access basic health and reproductive rights such as maternity leaves. On the same matter, Belgium discusses the financial problems that women in 3rd world are facing and the fact that they cannot access shelters as well as they undergo a lot of violation of their rights through acts such as the honour crime, forced marriages and domestic violence. The delegate of Saudi Arabia argued that the country made a “noticeable progress in the last decades” and attracts attention that other states should not interfere in the cultural and tradition matters of other countries. The delegation of USA stated that the cultural and societal background should not raise barriers in protecting Human Rights, a statement with which the delegate of UK agrees. He also considers it a matter of education and discusses the idea that people should be educated in order to respect others’ rights and consider them as their equals.
It was a very productive first session and we cannot wait to hear what the others will bring!
By Teodora-Ioana Fediuc & Valentina- Codruta Guzischi, HRC Press Officers