Organization of American States
Chairs: Aminah Sarowar & Drea Chakravorty
Topic A: Combatting Femicide
Diana Russell, a prominent feminist activist, defines femicide as “the killing of one or more females by one or more males because they are female.” Internationally, around 66,000 women are killed a year, for no reason other than their gender. Femicide is increasing, and in OAS member states, many do not see an end to this gender-based violence. Cultural norms, inadequate justice systems, and regional disparities make it harder for femicide to be recognized, resulting in low femicide cases reported, and little action done by governments to stop femicide. The members of OAS must work together, to stop the rise of femicide, bring justice to victims, and ensure a safer world for future generations.
Topic B: Addressing the Socioeconomic Status of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous people across American nations are statistically in lower socioeconomic statuses when compared to non-native people. This growing gap means that indigenous people have a lower income, are more likely to be impoverished, and are less likely to have access to adequate healthcare. This troubling inequality stems from the years of discrimination towards native people, and is affecting countless of individuals across the OAS member states today. Delegates must find a way to reduce this dangerous gap, in order to help the millions of indigenous people living in the American nations, before it's too late.