GA2 Confesses…


Are you an Arab Dictator? Because you’re starting a political uprising in my pants.

Is it just me, or does the delegate of Azerbaijan look like Bruno Mars?

I am a very tall midget.

Is the delegate of Madagascar one of the penguins?

The topic on space pollution makes no sense to me 

The delegate of Afghanistan is God’s gift to mankind.

I hate the word ‘wholeheartedly’

Is it bad that I’m voting for, without reading the resolution?

The chair is so obsessed with confessions from 14 year old boys, he might as well be a Catholic priest.

Kazakhstan, why does your hair look like the fuzz on a tennis ball?

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The Final Debate of the day

17.15 p.m: The delegate of Honduras made his opening speech were he emphasized the importance of women having a higher income. However due to time constraints only one speech will be made against this resolution. The delegate of Ukraine believes that the resolution is insufficient insufficient to deal with the issue at hand with clause 5 as an example ( the clause want to encourage government organisations to hire more women). the voting procedure has taken place and a motion to divide the house was approved by the chairs. The resolution has not passed

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“Economic Justice For Women”

14.27 p.m: The delegate of Equatorial Guinea has highlighted the importance of education in her opening speech to help combat gender discrimination and encourage women in to join non-traditional jobs and help achieve gender equality. The second speaker claims that by ending gender discrimination (similar to how people ended apartheid) we can achieve economic growth. With no speeches against the resolution the voting procedure began at once. Not surprisingly the resolution passed.

Chairs punished!

14.06 p.m: The chairs  are punished for being late amongst other countries. The delegates asked the chairs questions to which they had to answer honestly. Some examples where “would you go out with each other? Cause we ship you.” and “which delegates would you date?”unnamed (8)

Daniel Todd“I have three. I’d date the delegates of Poland, Ukraine and Madagascar,because I really want a free trip to China”

 

Styliani Stavrou “The delegate of Palestine ’cause her dad owns a restaurant”

Final debate before lunch

13.12 p.m: The delegate of Hungary insists that firms who give women maternity leave should receive subsidies from governments, this was heavily criticized by the delegate of China. The resolution was also criticized by the delegates of the Russian Federation and Jamaica, who said that the resolution is too vague and does not propose ways to resolve the economics of gender discrimination.

“The delegate of Hungary just took a list of problems and added an introduction to them.”  – Delegate of Jamaica

13.23 p.m: The resolution has not passed as the majority of the house voted against.

Russia supports women!

12.11 p.m: Russia strongly believes the topic of gender discrimination must be resolved at once. Clause 5 calls for women becoming able to attend school as two thirds of illiterate people being women. She also calls for heavy sanctions to firms who intentionally pay women less than men. She believes in a world that will “justly be called equal”.

What will Poland say about gender discrimination?

10.11 a.m: GA2 will now discuss Poland’s resolution on the Economics Of Gender Discrimination.

10.14 a.m: More on the debate-The delegate claims men are privileged for the simple fact that they are men. The resolution states that scholarships would be given to exceptional women to empower women, to make school more accessible and developed countries – who are more privileged- to help them achieve equality. The delegate of Afghanistan makes a point of information regarding cause 1, sub clause b, which calls for the re examination of sacred religious texts. The point of information, that was raised, was about women being inferior in most of the 2000+ religions that exist. The delegate of Poland simply responded with women should not be forced into a religion.

Myanmar got stabbed in the back

9.44 a.m: The Delegate of Pakistan calls the resolution ineffective as child marriage is a tradition in nations all around the world which the UN cannot intervene. Furthermore she questioned the reliability of the gender wage gap as it does not take into account maternity leave.

9.57 a.m: The voting procedure is taking place with the majority of delegates voting for the the amendment suggested by the delegate of Palestine. The resolution has not passed with the majority of the house voting against the resolution (59 against). The delegate of Myanmar is feeling betrayed.

 

Are women discriminated against?

9.31 a.m: Myanmar’s delegate called gender discrimination a “violation of human rights” and made mention to forced marriages and the wage gap. Furthermore, she mentioned that if a country got rid of the gender wage gap, a country’s GDP would rise by 34 per cent. When asked by another delegate whether discrimination against males is still discrimination she responded with “I admit that does happen but discrimination against females happens more often”.

9.37 a.m: The delegate of Poland has been recognized as the second speaker.

Canada and Mexico to clean space!

16:50 p.m – The debate on Pollution in Space is about to begin with delegates reading resolutions

16:57 p.m– The delegate of Canada is the main speaker of this resolution.who urges all delegates vote for the resolution. the delegate received points of information that challenge various sub clauses.

17:07 p.m– The delegate of Mexico aims to address fundamental questions such as our position in our universe. It calls for the development of space exploration by removing debris from the earths orbit (leftovers of previous launches).

17:12 p.m – The delegate of Ukraine urges that if the amount of debris increases around the earth’s atmosphere will mean that no further space exploration will be possible – essentially trapping us ( also known as the Kessler effect). The delegate highlights the importance of developing space exploration in all countries.

The day begins!

10.37 a.m: After registrations, the chairs instructed the delegates to split into groups according to the resolutions they chose. After a 20 minute break, the chairs made some general announcements, also warning the delegates that if they are late after a break, punishments will soon follow.

GA2 Confessions

“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.”

GA2 – Girls Rule the World

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

GA2 – Delegation gets restless as voting approaches

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.

Interview with Dr. Alexia Panayiotou

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.”

 

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By Constantina Courea

GA2 – Discrimination in Pink

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.

GA2 – Where are our delegates?

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.

GA2- Dr Alexia Panayiotou

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?

GA2 on the ENSO Phenomenon

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.