Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Chairs: Serena Lee and Jackie Cho
Topic A: Strengthening Girls' Education
The UN Charter guarantees that women are “equal actors, partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace, and security.” Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that “everyone has the right to education” and that it “shall be directed to the full development of the human personality.” It explains the right to work and choice of employment for everyone. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) also promote gender equality and empower women to strive to “achieve universal primary education.” These statements provide the world with an opportunity to improve the lives of women globally. However, in reality, the equality for women still does not exist in many parts of the world. Different societies at different times have discriminated against women. They have been considered as weak, with lower capacities of intelligence, subjected to unequal treatment, and relegated to passive roles in society. These misconceptions result in gender discrimination in various aspects such as in the educational and labor market, which oftentimes restrict them from becoming employed to help their family out of poverty.
Topic B: Acid Attacks
A pinnacle issue to be addressed is the rise of acid throwing, which is also called acid attack. It is a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another "with the intention to disfigure, maim, torture, or kill". This form of violence has been rising all over our world today, specifically towards females, and is one that must be contained and stopped. In London alone, the number of these attacks rose to more then 450 cases from 2016; yet, most of these attacks were never addressed and did not go to trial. London's Metropolitan Police have recorded more than 100 attacks in the first four months of this year, many in East London.