The delegation of UK in their last day of URJCmun. (Blanca Martínez)
“This is the end, hold a breath and count to ten”, as Adele said. The final moment has come. Our delegates today look tired, some of them are hangover, but they are strong enough to overcome the morning. The final session begins. Resolutions are coming.
UK delegation is decided. They want to propose a motion in order to introduce the announcement. There have to be two delegations in favour and two against the final document. After some confussions about the way of proposing the motion, UK finally sets it. And they have an alliance with Canada, who explains that they are in favour and all countries should do it the same way. But it’s far enough. Egypt doesn’t support the motion because “we want women to feel safe”, and France endorse it.
Once they all agree, Vietnam sets a motion to request the nominal vote. Forty delegations vote in favour, four against and two abstain from it. It seems like they’ve won elections. This is historical. UN WOMEN finally have resolutions! And they get it by the one an only alliance of France, Switzerland, Vietnam, Egypt and Algeria. Everybody clap feeling proud of them. It was difficult to come to an agreement in this commettee. In fact, they only have had time to discuss one of the two topics proposed at the beggining (someone said on the gossip box that they should have discussed quickly so that they could have debate both resolutions).
So in order to close the final session, chairs (lovely, by the way) announce that they’re going to give prizes in several categories. The MUN prize of best dressed goes to Affghanistan! Vietnam receives the award for being the most likely to become a dictator (really deserved), France is the most flirtratious one (he is the person who has recieve more messages from the gossip box). The most beautiful smile is for Saudi Arabia, and the most hangover is Colombia.
Now it’s time to express our gratitude to everyone who has made this possible. We’re sure that our delegates’ve had a really good time, and their attitude to make things on an empahic way has been one of the most beautiful thing of this committee. The world is safe with you.
Delegations present their resolutions. (Blanca Martínez)
It is a truth universaly acknoledge that every spanish person likes dancing whatever they have to, but if we speak of Daddy Yankee, millenials get absolutely crazy. And that’s what happened today on UN WOMEN, among other things, of course. Multiculturalism is being one of the most important issues in this committee. This is what this is really about. Delegates are having a good time, they are relaxed and international partnerships are finally being built.
Since the first draft resolution went public this morning, delegates have had five unmoderated cocus to discuss about what they want to include on the final document. France, Switzerland, Vietnam, Egypt and Algeria were the first on exposing their draft. They have included measures like working with UNICEF to give children the education they deserve (especially women, due to the difficulties they have in this issue). Between some interventions by other colleagues and many more carnations and laughs that the day before, delegates have focused on women’s security by creating shelters where females can live in case their life is in risk. For instance, women and girls who are being prostituted.
Nonetheless, delegates haven’t get the final resolutions yet because they couldn’t reach an agreement. Despite having an agreement in a possible alliance with the countries said before, Francia seems to have left the pact and one new international relation has born, this time with UK at the heading. Delegates have consumed the time on schedule, but they really had fun dancing several french songs or even the very well-known Ya no quiero ná, from Lola Indigo. Our chairs have also participated dancing sevillanas while people on the room clapped them.
Time is pressing and our delegates only have one hour and a half tomorrow to establish the final resolutions and vote the final document. We hope our delegates have enough time to have fun tonight at Netflix party, but women need help and they are waiting for their final measures. We don’t want to squeze you in, but you’re now superheroes and the world is looking forward to listen your proposals.
In the middle of the discussion (Blanca Martínez).
Increasingly, people are being awared of obstruction and violence women suffer everyday in the whole world. Even though there are communities whose religion or culture don’t allow them to think at least about women rights, feminism is increasing its influence. And this is the reason why delegates came here for. It’s a sunny morning in Móstoles. Delegates seem nervous, but they improve their participation as the debate progress.
In spite of the problems related to the rules (they’ve had to sit and stand up several times before the session 2), the second debate starts with education leading the way. As every country accept that education is a human right, they all coincide on keeping on improving the issue by educating in equality or erradicating stereotypes, as Indonesia says. When they bring education in eastern countries up, Qatar illusrate that they all should take care of the empower of women. However, Egypt considers that “it’s not about stupid religions, we should takkle the topic from the perspective of respecting towards communities”. They all agree. However, applauses increase when Mexico says that “we are here to bring measures, so say something “.
By the time the chairs deny a motion proposed by USA, the country leaves the room and influence of religion get into. And it starts dynamicly: Chile believe that people should be less religious, and North Korea support its thoughts suggesting that countries have to take measures against religion, which is the real problem. Pakistan, by the way, express that they want to introduce campaigns to concern people, but they must be moderated, “because religion is very arranged in our population and it would be difficult”. Delegates cannot agree and resolutions look like they’re going to take some time.
Several motions about child marriage flood the room, and resolutions finally come in the third unmoderated cocus of the day, between hugs, carnations and some laughs. Delegates begin to debate widely and opinions flow smoothly and naturally now.
We are completely sure that it’s essential to be concerned about problems suffered by women constantly. But now we all know, we should promote measures which could really help women to be in equallity. Our delegates are trying to, and even though they’ve had some problems at the beggining, we could bet that they will agree great resolutions. And “the best way to do it, is to do it!”.
Delegates at UN WOMEN (Blanca Martínez).
“Women were not included in Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. Teacher Eva Paloma Cermeño begins her speech talking about how Eleanor Roosevelt helped in the introduction of women in this document, now essential in the whole world. It’s half past twelve in Móstoles. Everybody’s quiet, nervous, extremely gathered on the days they’re going to live.
She’s there to introduce delegates to the topics they’re going to discuss about: Leadership and political participation of women in international organizations and cultural practices as a possible risk for women’s integration and health. And she get it. Everyone is looking at her with attention, listening to every word she says. She talks about the aim of UN WOMEN, but do we know exactly what it is? She explains it clearly: “UN women is an entity dedicated to the gender, equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. The department of women in the United Nations “works globally on the Sustainable Development Goals”.
After lunch, the Session 0 get started. It supposed to be at three o’clock, but it seemed to have some problems with the schedule, so the session finally started at 16.40h. After a carefully explanation of what is the model about and how it’s going to work, the debate begins with UK, who set a motion about the first topic said before. They seem to be lost. However,Japan follows the lead of UK and think about supporting the motion, but this is not the case of USA and France, who believe this is not a good idea.
Following the second motion and without expecting, UK sets a moderate cocus of 10 minutes. In spite of the first denial, thechairs finally accept the suggestion. In that moment, delegates have 10 minutes left to discuss about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). As the teacher Eva Paloma Cermeño said on the comitee conference, FGM is a violation of girls’ and women’s human rights. In the comitee, delegations of several countries propose measures in order to finish this scourge.For instance, USA suggests changing traditions or educating girls. Chile insists on the fact that every country must consider the motion, but the time flies before they can even start talking about their proposals. Otherwise, Vietnam admits that the country is not concernedabout FGM, and believe that education will reduce the consequences.
The debate finish with a motion determined by UK about ending the deliberation. In the time of the gossip box, someone proposes to sing Happy Birthday to one of the chairs, and everybody sing it noisy.
Teacher Cermeño emphasized on her conference that “women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact”. Our delegates are looking forward to discuss how to lead with it, and we’re looking forward to listen to them.