“Albania, marry me.”
“I’m going to marry the delegate of Philippines in a few years, I’m sure of it.”
“Some delegates in this GA could fight a T-rex and still look flawless.”
” I was going to say a joke, but IRAN out of ideas.”
” I want to hear the Chairs’ Trump imitation.”
5:45 pm As the resolution on how to expose the Pink Tax is being debated, the delegate of Poland believes that the last clauses are “general and vague” with no ways for people to help report unfair product prices. The delegate of Kenya submits an amendment, suggesting Canada be followed as an example and the amendment passes with 49 votes, as does the resolution as a whole. Clapping is, finally, in order!
To honour today’s debate about the pink tax, the Chairs are asked to sing “Barbie Girl.” However, Markos (Chair) refuses to sing as he afraid to ruin any song. The delegates, however, join Maria – the other Chair – and sing with her.
“As it has been a long day for all delegates, can we please just proceed?” Delegate of Albania
4:50 pm The delegates of Somalia and South Africa are called outside of GA2 to have a talk with one of the Chairs. Rumours are going round about a resolution being decided amongst the two of them. The delegate of Kenya then takes the podium and begins her speech on youth unemployment.
Maria (Chair): “Belgium, if you can’t wait to sleep, do so if you want to.“
– Delegate of Zimbabwe recognised for point of approval.
– Can I go to the bathroom?
– Point of approval declined.
3:35 pm During voting, there is a tie of 20 votes for the resolution and 20 votes against. After a second voting procedure, with the majority of votes for, the resolution concerning El Nino and La Nina has passed.
Feminism has done great leaps over the years. Do you believe that in some developed countries we have reached equality between the sexes?
“Um, no, in none. That’s a simple question. Unfortunately I don’t think we have reached equality anywhere in the world. There’s varying degrees of it, there’s some countries that have done better than others, and I know we always refer to the examples of Scandinavian countries. But even so, even in the Scandinavian countries, there is no representation, there is still violence against women, there’s still trafficking, there’s still honour violence in Sweden. So we’re not there yet.”
In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest reason why women are so under-represented in leadership roles and STEM fields of study?
“As I said in my presentation I believe there’s the demand side and the supply side of the explanation. The demand side is that I think there’s still discrimination, so even if women come forward, we stereotype them, we don’t promote them, we don’t vote for them. It’s just that now I think we’ve become more savvy and more sophisticated in hiding our sexism. So we’ll say for example, like I said in this HBI study, women are outperforming men and have all these great measures but you know when it comes down to it ‘We’re really looking for something else to make someone a manager or a partner, so unfortunately she doesn’t have it.’ So yes, we’ve become better at hiding it. It’s always there, in the way we treat female politicians, in the way they’re represented in the media, the way that school counsellors still deal with girls who want to study medicine or STEM. This is all the demand side, and then there’s the supply side, and that is that women are not coming forward, not demanding equal treatment or just being overburdened with the double shift, so okay we’ll say I do want to see my kids and we don’t have equality in the family and the states don’t care so we don’t have proper childcare. So yes, this is a very complex issue, girls are holding themselves back and girls after they listen to their counsellors who say ‘Are you sure you want to be a doctor? That’s at least 15 or 16 years, and you’re also a very giving person, and you’re also very good at Chemistry and Biology. Have you thought about being a nurse?’ And girls believe that, and they don’t think about going for Medicine or Maths so it’s both issues, the demand and the supply.”
Do you feel like being a woman has ever been a disadvantage through all the years of studying you’ve been doing in order to be successful?
“I’m not sure if I would say disadvantage but it something that I would take into account. We may think that we live in a gender-less world but it’s a very gendered world. From the moment we get up in the morning, to going to bed at night and throughout our lives we have to live in a very gendered world. It could be the little things like people honking at you when you’re driving because they assume that you’re a bad driver when they look at you and they see a woman. It could be the person in the parking lot who is bossing you around about where to park but they wouldn’t boos around your brother or your friend. So it’s these little things that you have to tackle on a daily basis and then there’s issues in safety. You can’t walk on the streets safely, you have to watch what you’re wearing, no matter what they say. We see research that when we go to see our school counsellors, they treat us differently, our teachers, our managers, our professors treat us differently. So, I would hate to use the word disadvantaged but I would say that yes it’s an issue for women throughout their lives, whereas it shouldn’t have been it the same way that it’s been for boys and men but in a different context. Like, we assume that after a divorce a father shouldn’t be with his kids and that’s a result of a sexist world as well, it’s just the flip side. But sexism is bad for everyone, not just for women.”
In your speech, you mentioned the quota companies would have, to have a specific percentage of women on the board. As you saw, many disagreed, on the grounds that the most skilled people should be hired, regardless of their gender. Why do you support the implementation of this quota?
“Because, first of all I strongly believe that women are equally skilled, if not better skilled, and yet because of years of discrimination through multiple levels throughout their lives, they’re not equally represented on company boards. I think another question that often comes up is ‘but won’t we end up with less skilled women and how tragic would that be?’ But we don’t stop to think of the less skillful men that we have had for centuries in multiple countries that have destroyed the world, not just businesses – and we didn’t stop to think that the only reason he got the job was because of male privilege. We don’t stop to think of it that way but then when it’s about quotas all of the sudden we remember issues about equality and equal skills and discrimination, oh and a very skilled man is going to be discriminated upon but all these centuries, millennia we don’t stop to say oh that skilled woman, she was discriminated against. So I think it’s a necessary thing to go forward. Will some people be discriminated upon, reverse discrimination? Probably, but this has been happening all along.”
If there was one piece of advice you could give to all the female members of MEDIMUN to face this discrimination what would that be?
“I would say first of all believe in yourself and your abilities. Believe in your brain. And second of all – I have [a second piece of advice], I’m cheating – demand a better world. Organise and demand a better world.”
By Constantina Courea
2:05 pm On the issue of the Pink Tax, the delegate of Denmark argues that companies taking advantage of the Pink Tax should be exposed and dealt with accordingly.
The delegate of the United Kingdom enforces the resolution to expose companies and reveal their immoral practices in public, stating it is imperative that people, especially women, be aware of products with the same cost of manufacture but with a higher price.
“If everyone can recognise it, everyone can stop it.“
What was the last lie you told?
“That I wanted to use the bathroom.”
Giorgos Poulos, Latsia
“This resolution is like a doughnut, it has a hole in it.”
“I really want to be late so I have to sing.”
“I don’t know what the heck is going on, I’m here for the food.”
12:45 pm The Chairs of GA2 announce that delegates are allowed to exit the debate at any time and leave their placards with the Chairs in order to go to the bathroom. A few minutes later, the Chairs, noticing that half the GA is missing, regret their decision and say to the delegates: “There is a pile of placards on our desk. The Chairs call a reversal of the previous announcement and state that from now on, any delegate wishing to go to the bathroom must send a note to the Chairs and wait for their request to be accepted.“
12:35 pm Amendment presented by the delegate of Chile to add an extra sub-clause to clause 9 which stated “Aim for sustainable environmental development in all developing as well as developed countries affected by these climatic/weather phenomena.” With an overwhelming majority this amendment has passed.
11:30 am GA2 welcomes Doctor Alexia Panayiotou oft he University of Cyprus. Our speaker teaches business and public administration, and is here today to speak about the role of women in business and politics, and how their roles have changed in today’s society.
“Although women get educated, they get stuck at certain points along the way. Is there a reason why educated women are not wanted? Is it a demand issue? Or a supply issue?“
11:15 am Resolution for combating the effects of El Nino and La Nina submitted by the delegate of Argentina, who is eagerly answering points of information. The delegate of Syria urges others to vote for this resolution, which suggests among other actions the creation of educational schemes to promote awareness of the effects of these patterns in oceanic circulation.
10:55 am As a punishment, the chairs decide to give each delegate who came in late 25 seconds to convince the other delegates of GA2 that unicorns exist.
Delegate:” I can’t convince you that unicorns exist.”
Chair:” That is not in order. You can convince about the existence of mermaids if you prefer.”
Delegate: “Can we go back to unicorns?”
10:20 am “We will be starting the third and final ammendment for today as suggested by South Africa. Oh no wait, Saudi Arabia. The Chair has forgotten her glasses today.” Maria, Chair
10:00 am Due to (perhaps unsurprising) technical difficulties, the debate is slightly delayed. Admin staff members are active as delegates exchange notes with each other. Maria (Chair) announces that debating commences and the delegate of Georgia takes the podium, talking about youth unemployment.
To attack the resolution, the delegate of Trinidad takes the floor.
9:40 am Today, the Chair of GA2, Markos Drakos, was late for the photographs and is now being punished for it. Delegates are allowed to ask him three embarrassing questions.
Markos: “The chair reserves the right to not answer.”
Delegate: “What were you doing last night that made you be late today?”
Markos: “We have wasted enough time, let’s proceed to debating!”
5:15 pm The delegates start discussing ways to combat youth unemployment, as suggested by the delegate of Saudi Arabia.
The delegate of Saudi Arabia reads out his operative clauses.
5:00 pm “Is the delegate aware that the last time this happened, the second world war also happened?!”
The delegates voted against the amendment submitted by Chile.
After the break, the Pink Tax subject will be debated.
The delegates are assigned to their places by admin staff.
The first speech commences, on the subject of technology.
3:15 p.m-Coming back from lunch, some delegates are punished for being 1 minute late. The punishment imposed by the Chairs is to sing along to “Let it Go.”
The delegate of Italy is also punished for swearing before the lunch break.
Markos(Chair), is also late but he refuses to be punished as according to him “The Chair was trying to get the delegates to enter the room.”
As lunch time approaches the chair says:
“Announcement -lunch break at 2:30, not 1:30!” This is greeted by groans. In her defence: “Well we’re hungry too.”
“Oh and no selfies during lobbying!”
1:25 pm As the delegates were continuing with their work, two of them sneakily approached the Chairs and sat next to them. A dash of humour was added to the GA as they then proceeded onto taking control of the mic, announcing “We are replacing the Chairs“.
A few minutes later, Markos(Chair) said “Co-Chair is not here, so selfies are allowed.”
12:25 pm The delegates return from the opening ceremony and continue working on their resolutions.
10:48 am The late delegates are lining up.
“Does anyone have a suggestion for their punishment?” – Chairs
Overwhelming majority of votes for delegates to dance or sing.
“You all have to sing, due to technical difficulties – to Justin Bieber’s Baby!“
10:10 am Delegates in GA2 have their excitement ruined when the 15 minute break announced by the Chairs turns out to be a mistake.
Maria, Chair of GA2 says “You cant blame the chairs,” and is met with a response shouted from the back of the room, “Who says that?” Immediately she replies to the delegate, “The Chairs do.”
9:25 am Registration begins in GA2 with the Chairs instructing the delegates to split into three groups and share ideas amongst themselves on youth unemployment and climate change.
5:45 p.m: To close this wonderful and productive day the chairs call upon someone with a good phone and preferably tall to take a group photo of what they could only describe as the best GA of this year’s MEDI.MUN. Everyone huddles together and stands on the chairs trying desperately to fit each every delegate in a single selfie. With a light and warm-hearted atmosphere the second day of this year’s MEDI.MUN draws to an end.
Best delegate: Delegate of Australia (male) Delegate of Denmark (female)
Best speaker: Delegate of Australia (male) Delegate of Denmark (female)
Best dressed: Delegate of Barbados (male) Delegate of Russia/Mexico (female)
Best personallity: Delegate of Lebanon (male) Delegate of Venezuela (female)
Funniest delegate: Delegate of Lebanon (male) Delegate of Denmark (female)
Sexiest delegate: Delegate of Barbados (male) Delegate of Libya (female)
Most likely to be a dictator: Delegate of Australia (male) Delegate of Denmark (female)
Most likely to go to jail: Delegate of France (male) Delegate of Denmark (female)
Most likely to become UN secretary general: Delegate of Australia (male) Delegate of USA (female)
Most like to become a couple: Delegates of South and North Korea
“To delegate of Azerbaijan: is being gorgeous your hobby?”
“The delegate is sick of being offered oil as a trade for his vote”
“Delegate of Barbados where have you been hiding?”
“The delegate of Mexico went out at night, and came back at 3 o’clock.”
“The delegate of Japan is a sexist and doesn’t think girls can play football or that glittery pens are for boys.”
“I want to marry Philios, he’s mine.”
“The delegate of Barbados is extremely sexy.”
“Call me maybe, Indonesia 9673….”
“Dear chairs, I look into her eyes and approched her beautiful body and asked her name and she said John Cena.”
“What do you call a Mexican without a car? Carlos”
“Delegate of France you’re so hot.”
“The delegate of Malaysia has really nice eyes.”
“I wish the delegate of Mexico was my ex.”
“The delegate of USA is awesome but still sounds like a llama.”
“I just wanted to say that the delegate of Lebanon is very cute.”
“I am hungry for Hungary.”
“The delegate of Jordan is a fake football fan and at the same time a bit of a bully.”
“The delegate of Japan should get with the delegate of Azerbaijan.”
“The main reason why I voted for the delegate of France’s resolution is because he looks like Ron from Harry Potter”
“Our red head deleagates are so hot and mesmerizing.”
“Delegate of Sweden, you’re attractive.”
“The delegate of Sri Lanka is kind of attractive.” “I’ll take it” says the delegate of Sri Lanka.
“The delegate of France stole my lipstick yesterday and put it on.”
12:55 p.m: The admin staff have collected the anonymous confessions from the delegates and the chairs are currently reading them aloud. Ironically most of them concern the attractiveness of people around them.
“The delegate of Cambodia is the most attractive one in the room, we should go out.”
“I have a suit fetish, thank you MEDI.MUN for your formal dress code”
“The cute male visitors are distracting me from paying attention to the debate”
“MEDI.MUN directors are hot”
“The delegate of Japan admits that the two chairs are so attractive he could not focus”