The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is a UN intergovernmental entity founded in 2011 to promote the empowerment of women and eradicate gender-based discrimination. While women are one focus group of the organization, other gender-based discriminations-- e.g. trans or non- binary discrimination-- are also discussed. The organization's Executive Board consists of 41 members that are elected through the Economic and Social subcommittee of the General Assembly. UN Women is mandated to discuss and advise member states on a range of issues from economic empowerment to peace and security concerns.
Topic 1: Promoting Gender Equality in Humanitarian Actions in the MENA region
Humanitarian actions have long been a significant element of the global politics with practices shaped by time, location, and situation. Some of the most alarming crises are the ongoing political upheavals and conflicts in the Middle East, such as Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq, after the Arab Spring in 2011. Those uprisings also reflected a new episode of women’s involvement in political dialogues and humanitarian action. Topics such as involvement in gender justice agenda and the limits on women’s voices on humanitarian issues have been coming to the attention of the international community, such as in UN WOMEN.
With the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as the backbone of protecting women in humanitarian crises in the MENA region, the Security Council launched several resolutions. Despite the effort, the reoccurring issue of gender inequality in humanitarian actions still awaits solutions and the cooperation of the international community. In the upcoming simulation, UN WOMEN will take their part in finding sustainable solutions
Topic 2: Ending Sexual Violence Against Women
Sexual violence is a serious threat to health and human rights. Whether it occurred in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community, or during times of conflict, survivors are subjected to traumatic experiences.
According to the UN, 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced sexual violence once in her life among those 37 % of Arab women have reported some form of violence in their lifetime.The situation is aggravated bthe ongoingng conflicts, that destabilize communities, in the MENA region, that lead to sexual violence becoming more pervasive.
In some countries of the MENA region, perpetrators can avoid sentencing by a court if they marry the victim. Although there have been efforts to repealing such laws in the region in the last years, some countries in MENA fail work towards closing those “loopholes”.
Available Countries*: We will distribute countries according to their relevance to the topic. You can choose from any of the current member of UN Women's executive board at this stage. Find the current list HERE.
Committee Head Chair
Dear delegates, my name is Tanya and I will be a Head Chair of the UN Women at MUNmö this year. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor in International Relations from BSU in Minsk. Soon I will embark on a new academic journey. I took part in a number of MUN conferences from Vladivostok to Nottingham both as a Chairperson and a delegate. At my home university I used to be a Vice-President of the MUN society. MUN is a big part of my life, and I am excited to meet people who share this passion of mine. I am quite sure that this fall MUNmö is going to blow your mind. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a beginner or an experienced delegate, the course of the discussion is in your own hands. We, as Chairs, are going to do whatever it takes to make your time as delegates unforgettable.
Hi everyone, my name is Whitney. I am originally from Thailand. I just finished my Bachelor's in International Relations at Tokyo International University in Japan and moved to Lund in mid-August for my Master's in Development Studies. In Japan, I participated in MUN conferences as a delegate for several times, and I was also the President of the MUN club at my former university. MUNMö 2018 will be the first time for me joining a MUN conference outside of Japan, as well as my first time chairing! I really look forward to fruitful discussions in the UN Women Committee.