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Weekly Session 6 - Women's Political Freedom

Secretary Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:39

Women's Political Freedom

Thursday 29th November, 6pm, Parkinson B.08

This week let's discuss the all time topic of Women's Political Freedom.

Reminder - Chair Training Programme ⑁
1st session this Thursday 5-6pm, just before MUN

Ever wanted to be a chair? Ever wanted to be the moderator that ensures the challenging debates we fight are done so fairly? Want skills to organize conferences? If so, we're hosting three training sessions starting as of this Thursday (November 29th) which will build on one another, and let you learn the ins and outs of what being a chair is.
Joe and Morris will be hosting workshops in the Parkinson building 5-6pm,Thursday
More details on our Facebook page!

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Due to some traditional cultural thoughts and residual social climate, women often face discrimination and inequality problems both domestically and publicly in most societies. It makes it difficult for women to communicate and negotiate with those who are confrontational towards this issue, when women do not have significant positions or are not empowered. Cultural and structural causes make it hard for women to achieve important roles and jobs politically, socially and at home. Therefore, this issue could be considered and analysed as the following aspects: marital rights, female participation in decision making process and some practical solutions.

Child marriages have been a common social phenomenon in many developing regions and countries, including India, South-east Asia, Middle-east, Africa and ancient China. There are over thousands of children under the legal age forced into marriage annually, without awareness of the concept of marriage and the construction of families. Many of those girls will not continue to receive education after matrimony having devoted their selves to their husbands or in reproduction. The death rate of females and infants in delivery is extremely high. Especially in some culture, where people believe that married women are sacred but unmarried women are on the reverse, hijacking women’s freedom and affecting their values morally. It is hard for women to ever break out or escape a cycle of being powerlessness and having untrue and behindhand values. It makes it so important and necessary for CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) to recognise cultures facing marriage challenges and trying to improve the decision-making rights of women within them.

Strengthening women rights in decision-making process needs to be taken into consideration in both public and private departments. Women should be given rights to be involved in choosing to form their society and country. It not only enhances the social improvement but also the economic development. For example, in politics, this could be taken parts in legislative, judicial and executive areas through political parties, governmental sectors, international organizations and unions.

Women must first be educated to understand that they have just as much a right to leadership positions as men. Once communities around the world identify that they are not equal, they can begin building momentum to achieve gender parity. However, the CSW should ensure that positive changes in gender equality and women’s rights occur naturally and without force. Communities should be educated in such a way that they desire and expect female leadership, so that the progress that is made with the CSW’s help is preserved even after the oversight of the United Nations is gone.

Questions to consider:

  • How can child marriage be prevented or moderated in cultures that traditionally practice it?
  • How can girls and boys be educated to expect and equal gender representation in leadership positions?
  • How can men and women be educated to prevent domestic violence and abuse?
  •   What kind of reforms to justice systems could help guard against domestic violence
  • and abuse?
  • How can governments help ensure that women are proportionally represented in their leadership structures, both in the short-term and in the long-term?

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