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.