THIMUN O-MUN Delegation
What attracted you to participate in MUN?
Some of my friends participated last year, and when they came back to Palestine they wouldn’t stop talking about it. Their experience with making friends, connections, and debating their resolutions really interested me.
Why THIMUN Qatar 2016?
It’s Qatar. It’s an opportunity, and a unique experience. As Palestinians, we can’t always go to Qatar because of the (lack of )political alliances between Qatar and Israel.
Why is MUN important to you?
MUN has the power to connect people. It shows that different cultures and different people can come together, and that’s important. I am a person who loves when students assemble to talk about issues, rather than gossip. Also, I love that MUN develops your personality–you can go from shy to outspoken in a matter of hours.
How do you see MUNs impacting the lives of those around you?
I can see that my friends are really happy to do MUNs. They entered the world of MUN in ninth grade, and now as seniors, they’re leaders. They talk about it all the time–resolutions, policy statements, opening speeches. I don’t understand all the terms, but I enjoy it.
When we talk about MUN in Palestine, we’re talking about Jewish people and Arab people–when these people come together, it’s a sensitive atmosphere. Both sides don’t know how to relate to each other and speak to each other. We come together to discuss world issues, but our problems with each other get in the way.
What will you take away from this experience?
I am not a very organized person, and I don’t work on schedules, but now, as a member of the press team, I have to go to bed really early and wake up at 4 am every morning. So, this experience has taught me better organization, and has helped me be on time for everything. It’s given me friends, confidence, and even relaxation in Qatar.
Mursal SaiDal, an Afghan student living in Kabul, came to THIMUN as a delegate of Ireland. She mentioned in an interview that women in Afghanistan face multiple challenges challenges: women in Afghanistan are often subject to violence, oppression, and are silenced when trying to bring these issues to light.
Afghanistan, before the rise of the Taliban, was an impressively free country. Women wore short skirts, short trousers; they were free to work, to study and to dress as they pleased. According the SalDai, former President of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is to be credited with bringing the country to its summit of freedom. However, when the Taliban came to power in 1996, the rule became oppressive. The Taliban would force women to wear the cholari or burqa – garments that ensured their entire body remained covered. The police force would be beat them if they did not comply.
Mursal estimates that at present, about 80% of women dress in the cholari outside of Kabul. Women in the provinces are controlled by their mahram – that is to say, male family members – and forced to wear the headdress. Nothing is wrong with the Afghan headdress: the problem is that large numbers of women wear it against their will.
As a teenager in Kabul, Mursal dresses in casual Western clothes. However, she still faces the challenge to do so without objections from other Afghans. She often hears “Look at her. Why is she so shameless? Why is she so free? ” in the streets. However, Mursal asserts that Afghans are united towards “making the country beautiful like other countries.” She expresses hope that “ one day we will say that Afghanistan is a beautiful country and people will not be living in conflict anymore.”
Sri Lankan Delegation-Eastern Province MUN Initiative
The Eastern Province MUN Initiative by Qatar Academy introduced the Eastern International College (EIC) in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka to MUN in May 2015. The initiative grew phenomenally to even embrace seven students from EIC to the THIMUN-Q’16 conference, as the delegation of Norway. It happens to be their first traditional MUN experience apart from O-MUN.
On being asked how the delegates found the conference so far, they replied with awe for the new experiences and friends they made. They also found the issues interesting and grasping. The delegatessaid that it improved their public speaking and language skills, and helped them build their confidence. MUN also proved to be a platform for them to stay updated with the world affairs and form connections with people of different nationalities.