United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Chair: Mary Kang and Serena Lee
Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person. Delegates can discuss what responsibilities a physician has when it comes to reporting cases of possible abuse and how high of an index of suspicion is required to initiate such reports. Another issue that should be discussed is the strategies that should be used to reassure parents who appear to be overly defensive or angry.
Girls’ Educational Disadvantage/Gender Inequality
As the implementation of education systems has been stressed across the world for years and years, it has only been since recently that women and girls have been considered for this globally-interesting opportunity. It is believed that providing girls with an education will break the continuous cycle of poverty that many face. Understanding the wage gap between men and women and recognizing the disparity women face, the following should be debated: how developing nations will be convinced to implement education systems for girls after years of simply not acknowledging them, and how this education could be made feasible once women gradually receive their right to education.
Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse
Some children of specific gender, religion, or race can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or violence, and the vulnerability of children only increases if they are disabled or orphaned. Though there are fewer reports of boys experiencing sexual violence than there are girls, it is understood that both boys and girls are victims of harassment, sexual abuse, exploitation, or rape, which not only forces children to endure trauma, but also puts their families at risk of illness, distress, and unwanted pregnancy. Delegates should debate on what measures the victims should take in order to escape from sexual abuse, and should discuss the measures that should be taken to prevent criminals to have the ability to harm these children.