|(A screenshot during an unmoderated caucus, Photo Credit: Minjung Kwon)|
Health discrimination is one of the worst discrimination that the world is facing these days. It includes not providing equal health care, sexual assault, or banning the use of contraceptives. Many women, especially those living in underdeveloped countries, are going through extreme health discrimination.
I came across the topic in a club called MUN (Model United Nations). My school (Seoul Scholars International) was hosting an official MUN conference for the first time. I learned much about the topic in SMUN1 during the Commission on Status of Women(CSW) committee.
The agenda was discussing both providing equal education and eradicating health discrimination against women. I was assigned as a delegate of the Republic of Korea. Before the first day of an official conference session, I deeply researched the current country stances and situations in regards to the health discrimination status of women.
I acknowledged that some women in poverty or migrant women in Korea were experiencing health care discrimination. Also, many women were constantly exposed to sexual assault such as sexual molestation and sexual harassment.
On the first day of an online committee, the members watched an opening speech via Youtube. The members of the CSW committee of each agenda were then assigned to break-out rooms for an unmoderated caucus. During an unmoderated caucus, the members were allowed to freely discuss their ideas for an optimal resolution concerning the health discrimination issue.
The delegates shared opinions, informed countries’ stances, and discussed resolutions. Some of the most remarkable resolutions were supporting the inclusion of more women in clinical trials during the development of new drugs, encouraging all nations to implement special laws around medical equity towards men and women, and urging member states to improve and reinforce the awareness and knowledge of the public on women reproductive rights.
On the second day, the committee then moved on to a moderated caucus where the members of both agendas came together and debated whether the health discrimination resolution was to be passed or needed amendment.
The main submitter of our agenda presented the resolutions and read out the preambulatory clauses and final operative clauses. Afterward, the other delegates gave a speech on whether they support or disapprove the overall resolution.
The other delegates also submitted forms requesting amendments to be made for operative clauses or subclauses after a length of time to ask questions for clarifications on the resolutions and speeches. Later on, the delegates voted whether the amendment should be passed or not.
This experience in the CSW committee was actually my first time debating in MUN. As the conference was hosted within my school, I was able to participate in the conference more comfortably and actively. Indeed, I thought that MUN would be too challenging for me since I was not much informed about world issues.
However, as soon as the caucuses started, I noticed that MUN was a lot of fun and informative. It not only gave me a message that I could encourage others to empower women’s status but also suggested possible solutions an issue such as health discrimination.
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