United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Chairs: Sarah McIlroy & Remy Goldberg
Topic A: The Gender Wage Gap
In the year 2017, the World Economic Forum hypothesized that it would take 170 years to close the gender wage gap. The delegates of the UNCSW are challenged to fabricate multifaceted, creative, and innovative solutions to make this goal achievable in a shorter period of time. In research examining the wages of citizens in 135 countries, it was determined that in only seven of these countries was a pay gap non-existent. There are countless other countries, however, in which a non-existent pay gap is far from the truth. In fact, even in the United States, the average woman with a full-time job earns 85% of her male counterpart. Delegates of the UNCSW are expected to think out-of-the-box to come up with a solution to this comprehensive issue that combines both ethics and economics.
Topic B: STEM Education for Women
Globally, as of the year 2014, women only accounted for 28.8% of employees in the sectors of scientific research and development. Catalysts for this trend are speculated to include male-dominated work environments, unsatisfactory feedback from executive boards, and lack of opportunity to obtain such jobs due to restrictive educational and social norms in certain regions. Maintaining professions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics also poses an issue, given how 32% of women in the United States and 30% of women in China revealed in the year 2014 that they intended to leave their job in science, engineering, or technology within the subsequent twelve months. This is a problem which must be confronted internationally in order to diversify the future leaders of these fields. Education must be prioritized in order to achieve this, but conflicting policies around the world make this a challenge. It will be up to the AMUN delegates of the UNCSW to rectify this situation, and make access to STEM education attainable for girls regardless of where they live