After expressing their opinion about a draft resolution regarding the subject of xenophobia, the delegates voted a motion of roll calling vote. The motion successfully passed with 29 votes in favour and only 3 abstentions. This motion is the result of 3 days of hard working and debating in order to ensure a better and more effective protection of the human rights. The first part of the morning ended with applauses and afterwards, the delegation moved on to the next subject, regarding women’s rights.

Every delegation had to present their position about the issue. They all agreed with the fact that equality between men and women is inextricably linked with peace and that it is time to act on that. Women can play multiple roles in terrorism and counterterrorism efforts. In many instances, they can be more vulnerable than men to being drugged and emotionally or socially blackmailed, especially in traditionally patriarchal societies.

The debate is only at its beginning. After solving general issues, such as identifying the problem, its causes, effects and domains within they can take measures in order to ensure a better protection of women’s rights, the delegates voted for an unmoderated caucus. Afterwards they discussed and changed ideas about possible solutions which will be included in their working paper.

First of all, one solution would be that every state adopts the appropriate legislation that ensures real protection of women’s rights and punishes any kind of discrimination. It will not be easy to have a uniformed and harmonized legislation at the international community level. However, in order to succeed, a first step would be that every state had the proper internal legislation.

Second, the delegates concluded that protection comes from education. If people were more receptive and open minded, racial hatred wouldn’t even exist. Therefore, even though the problems are different, the delegations realized that the solutions are the same: education, tolerance and acceptance.

Last but not least, Arabic countries should be encouraged to increase their quota for women in their national assemblies in order to ensure a fair representation of women’s opinions in the decision-making process. Women should be encouraged towards counterterrorism, not forced or influenced in joining them. Unfortunately, exploiting vulnerability will continue to exist and create problems.

By Justina-Alexandra Sava,

HRC Press-Officer

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