By Sofia RISCHIO
The UNHRC began the day by submitting a Draft Resolution with a total of 42 Operative Clauses — a massive undertaking. Encompassing far too many aspects, including the refugee crisis and equal access to education, the paper was extremely broad. After an entire session was dedicated to going through and improving the paper with the help of the Chair, the delegates were able to slim it down and finally submit it.
However, the Draft Resolution still covered a vast range of issues (perhaps too many) concerning Women in Conflict Zones. Financial aid, problems of refugees, an international conference for women, medical centers for women, staff training and education were just some of the ideas mentioned in the paper. The main problem was the lack of specific methods to implement the proposed ideas. Although thorough, the propositions were unclear in terms of their execution. No specific methods were stated in the Resolution, leaving many questions for the press during the UNHRC Press Conference.
Nigeria, the Philippines and Germany took part in the Press Conference on behalf of the UNHRC. The main question posed was how so many aspects of education, the group’s main concern, are expected to successfully be addressed. The representatives, nominated and voted to represent their committee, were asked what, specifically, they imagined should take place in the affected regions. The question, however, was more or less avoided and no clear answers were presented. In regard to the finances of such a big undertaking, the delegates referred to working with local and international NGO’s and requested ECOFIN to monitor the money flow to prevent corruption.
The United Times pushed forward, trying to understand how the UNHRC truly believes such a broad Resolution could lead to real results. The delegates were insistant, that the Resolution is a step in the right direction, as they have found common ground after a day and a half of debate. It is still unclear whether this resolution will lead to a betterment of the situation of Women in Conflict Zones.
At the end of the day, the committee parted ways with their first topic, moving to a topic which is very interesting to us at the United Times: Free and Independent Press in the 21st Century. As this is a relevant issue in our world today, we are eager to see in which direction the committee will go, looking forward to the last day of debate.