ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COUNCILS
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Chairs: Brooke Foley & Mia Subrahmanyam
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Topic 1: Women in Poverty
According to global headcounts collected by “UN Women”, 353 million women and girls are expected to be living in extreme poverty by 2023. In “high-damage” scenarios, or the “worst case scenario”, these numbers could balloon up to 416 million. Women have long outnumbered men in terms of number in cases of poverty, due to reasons that often relate back to the oppression women have faced as a result of gender norms and outdated presumptions about women’s abilities. As a result, this discrimination and resulting lack of fair access to money often pressures women into avoiding a career-oriented lifestyle, further enforcing a life of poverty upon them. Many factors play into the heavy percentage of impoverished women around the world. Delegates in the CSW committee will have to work together to identify strategies to tackle these issues and provide thoughtful solutions toward addressing women’s role in poverty.
Topic 2: Misogyny and Patriarchal Traditional Structures in the Workforce
There has long been a gender gap in employment, reinforced by events in the past, misogynistic presumptions surrounding the roles of men and women, and gender barriers deep within the job field itself. Men have long been favored above women to work in higher-paying fields, hold better incomes, and receive promotions more often; whereas women in employment tend to work in low-quality jobs with smaller pay, and in many cases are overrepresented in fields of vulnerable employment.Additionally, even in the modern age, women still shoulder the brunt of providing for childcare, cleaning, and cooking in the household, an invisible, unpaid, and undervalued workload. Delegates in the CSW committee will have to work together to come up with solutions that address the sources of these issues and find ways to work around them, providing a better, accessible future to employment for women overall.