You Can Sit With Us: Unlikely Alliances in UN Women

The debate opened with the members of the committee unanimously deciding to have an elaborate debate on the betterment of trade links between developed and developing nations. This topic gave extensive insights into the thoughts and solutions of the members. While DPRK, Afghanistan and South Africa stated that an enhancement in trade links will definitely increase the job opportunities for women in the developing countries, USA and France opposed it by saying that dependence on developed nations would only end in a rather large deficiency for developing nations.

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India and Pakistan seemed to have overlooked their existing animosity, and sat together with smiling and determined faces. An unmoderated Caucus for 20 minutes saw the formation of four blocks with India and Pakistan in the same group and happily agreeing with each other on various points. The previously quiet Indonesian delegate was seen participating in discussion and even standing up to question and pass motions.

Another formal discussion ensued regarding implementation of policies and educating the girl child. After a round of heated discussion on this matter, the Chair proposed the discussion of working papers to which delegates eagerly agreed. The policies made in USA’s working paper aimed at a holistic development of women, whereas that of the South African delegate aimed at an increasing leadership of women in the parliament.

The delegate of Netherlands very aptly pointed out gross breaches of foreign policy in committee, referring to Afghanistan and Pakistan’s unlikely alliances with Australia and India respectively. A verbal argument followed, and Afghanistan took a stand saying “foreign policies are things one should hardly care about when discussing integral issues such as Women Empowerment.” If only things were this simple, delegate!

Once the Second Session began, the delegate of Thailand missed his roll call yet again and the committee had a good laugh. A formal discussion followed, where interestingly named working papers were introduced to committee – ‘WEED’ (Women’s Economic Empowerment and Development), ‘I Swear We’re Nicer Outside Committee’, ‘uNOPEia 1.0’ and ‘WWE (Working for Women’s Empowerment). An interrogative and grilling session followed the discussion of working papers which resulted in the merging of blocks to form resolutions.

Assistant Director of Lok Sabha, Akshat Nagori presided over the committee meeting for 15 minutes whilst a formal discussion on female infanticide and foeticide arose.

EMERGENCY UPDATE: Guest Speaker from Saudi Arabia supporting foeticide aggressively said that it was his culture and accused the western countries of eradication of such culture and threatened the committee.

Such an update riled the committee members up to a great extent and they took to discussing it formally, and the decisions made by the members really impressed the Chair and Assistant Director.

Draft resolutions were handed in for the next day’s discussion, and a Motion for Entertainment was called to order. The delegate of Jordan was coaxed to speak and was complimented by the Chair on her meticulous position paper. The delegate of USA made fun of newly elected President Trump and a round of Fish Bowl confessions revealed some rather juicy gossip – Afghanistan and Netherlands got flirtatious notes and the Chair was certain they were meant for the other. The Indonesian delegate was awarded the “best dressed delegate” and the Chairperson looked very favourably upon the delegate of Chile’s hair.

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Adjourning committee after all this fun, the delegates left for the day laughing and feeling energized, readying themselves for the final day of argument and deliberation.

– Oishani Banerjee

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