United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) was established on June 21st, 1946 by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in resolution 11(n) for the purpose of empowering women and promoting equality in the world. The Executive Board of the CSW, composed of 45 Member States that are elected by ECOSOC, has thirteen members from Africa, twelve from Europe, eleven from Asia, and nine from Latin America. They meet annually at a two-week conference to discuss the status of gender equality, identify achievements already made, and evaluate where gaps need to be closed. During the 58th session in March 2017, the CSW deliberated women’s economics empowerment in the changing world of work as well as discussed the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women. In our JHUMUNC committee in 2018, we will be discussing the media’s role in the elimination and prevention of violence against women as well as women’s participation in green economies.
Topic A: Media’s Role in Combatting Violence against Women/Girls
Topic B: Women’s Access to Green Economies
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Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2018! My name is Jane Miglo and I am the Chair for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). I hope you are all as excited as I am for this year’s conference. I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I am currently a senior at Hopkins, majoring in Molecular Biology. Aside from JHUMUNC, I am involved with the Hopkins Undergraduate Research Journal, Art Brigades, and undergraduate research in the Molecular Biology department at Hopkins. In my free time, I enjoy visiting art museums, exploring Baltimore’s restaurants, and spending time with my friends.
I fell in love with Model UN in high school. Participating in conferences allowed me to develop skills in public speaking, problem solving, and leadership. It was the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the country while working together to try to solve pressing, current issues in the world. I am ecstatic to provide you with the opportunity to build your own skills and I hope you all take away something special from this conference.
Last year in JHUMUNC 2017, I was the chair of the historical World Health Organization and I was incredibly impressed with the depth of research and passion that each delegate displayed in committee. I have no doubt that this conference will be the best yet. This year in committee, we will be given the chance to discuss topics that, over the past few years, have become increasingly pressing, especially in the world’s political climate today.
We will focus our attention on the elimination and prevention of violence against women. Specifically, we will look at the role of media in pushing for women’s empowerment, responding to violence, and redefining social norms. In addition, we will examine women’s participation in green economies. Women play an integral role in promoting green growth and suffer the most as a result of climate change. These topics will allow us to have a stimulating and eye opening discussion about women’s rights and develop thorough resolutions that may very well mirror the conclusions achieved at the CSW in March, 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you at JHUMUNC 2018!
All the best,
Chair of UNCSW, JHUMUNC 2018