Commission Status of Women (CSW)

Established in 1946 as a functional committee of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission Status of Women is not only dedicated to empowering women in all aspects without discrimination (of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.), but also gender equality amongst men, women, and other. The leading global body to address issues that limit these goals, this committee session we will be addressing:

1. Gender Inequality in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is viewed as a region that has undergone a rapid rate of development in comparison to other developing regions of the world (with the benchmark being after WWII). Even with their rapid economic development, putting them in comparison of GDP as a region to powerful nations across the globe, cultural traditions still dominate; with these traditions, it prevents women from taking a more active role in other this session will focus particularly on the region of Southeast Asia (rather than the globe as a whole). Therefore, this committee session is looking to see resolutions that will be particularly effective being specific to the region of Southeast Asia.

2. Defending a Woman’s Bodily Autonomy and Reproductive Rights

The idea of a woman having bodily autonomy, as well as reproductive rights, is considered to be a recent phenomenon. In turn, while much legislation has been passed to at least recognize the idea and the issue, there have been no effective methods in seeing the issues remedied thus far. With proper recognition and implementation in defending these two aspects, women’s sexual health can expand in the right direction, as well as empower women in having control of what has been cited as their ‘fundamental right.’


Position Papers:

To be eligible for individual awards, delegates in GA committees are required to submit a position paper. Position papers should approach each topic from the perspective of the delegate’s nation, with an aim to identify and analyze ongoing actions relevant to the topic. Strong position papers form the foundation for more in-depth research into the topics and can provide a plan for an effective performance in committee. Delegates do not need to outline individual solutions, but should rather focus on their country’s view of the problem and general categories or areas for solutions. Delegates should cover each topic within one single spaced page, (no more than 2 pages total for both topics). Submissions are due to the chair via email by 11:59 pm on December 1st, 2017.

The delegate with the best research will also receive the Position Paper Award. For a sample paper, please click here