SDG5 – Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

We are living in a country that has experienced three decades of war, where no one has equal rights and where women are considered slaves for men. They don’t have the right to raise their voice, or to work shoulder-to-shoulder with men for their community, their people and for peace. Their only rights are to sit in their homes, do house chores, keep their mouths shut all of the time, and tolerate all the bad things that happen to them; if not then they will be beaten by men or will be killed.

The world has witnessed what happened to Farkhunda; a talented young woman who was passionate about her country and dreamt to take action for peace, but she was shut out. No, she was cruelty killed by hundreds of men on the street, her body run over, dragged, and burned. While we all know of things that men can do well, women can also do same and even better than men. If men are dreaming bigger, women should do so. If men are working for their society, women should accompany them. Women should be involved in big decisions, because they have that talent!

 

This is why the HELA (Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan) organization is focusing on SDG5 – Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. We are promoting Women through MUN, to become the future leaders of Afghanistan, to be able to raise their voice in front of thousands of people without any fear, and to be able to find solutions for the tough situations of their country. We are also promoting women through another project of ours, which aims to create the future business women of Afghanistan. And the reason that we do this is: because we believe that what women could do, sometimes even men can’t.

So, last but not least, I would say this: this world is incomplete without consideration for every single person. But look at us- we are not considering an entire gender. So we can’t say that we are complete; we would- and can only- be complete if we give equal rights to women!

 

By: Rahmatullah Hamdard, HELA Organization CEO & Founder

SDG5-Thoughts from TQ DSG Johann Bambino

My name is Johann Bambino – first name German, last name Italian, born in UAE, raised in Qatar, and yet still an Indian citizen. I have been a part of my school’s Model United Nations program for roughly 4 years now, attending more than ten conferences, serving as a delegate, chair, ICJ advocate and even on the executive team of my school’s MUN conference.  More recently I have been tasked as a Deputy Secretary General for THIMUN 2018 and I hope that our team can make it an event to remember. Through the years, like most people, I began to realize the flaws the UN harbors, but still I continue to have hope for the organization even if there are those who have considered it has failed.

I think before we proceed with this article, I have to make it abundantly clear that I am a male. Thus, this article should be seen from a male perspective. That does not mean, however, that I am necessarily sexist. Instead I wish to give those who are reading this a chance to consider a new notion: a world free from the superiority of one gender over another. On a superficial level SDG 5 means that we must achieve gender equality, we must remove those roles and stereotypes we commonly associate with a specific gender. Yet, to me this ultimately seems a bit strange as societies and people generally function based on their particular gender and the roles they associate with it. So can gender equality truly be achieved?

I think it’s important to achieve gender equality, but I also believe there are certain circumstances which readily prevent men and women from achieving this dream. While to a person like me achieving gender equality is a sensible goal and one worth fighting for, to another person in another part of the world gender equality may not be held in such high regard (and yes there are women who do not wish to be empowered).

Hence, on a personal level, SDG 5 is not simply just giving women the same rights as men, but rather convincing entire societies that this is the right thing to do. In my home country, India, the issue of women’s rights is prominent as the diversity in religion and cultural values create disputes regarding the treatment of women. The lack of education on the matter in lesser developed states in India has led many men to ill-treat women and see it as the right thing to do. The UN may do all it can to empower women, but without educating the entire world about its goodness, the world will simply remain as it is.

The UN, as well respected as it might be, is led by a generation which grew up, for the most part, in an environment where the thought of women empowerment was still in its infancy. Through Model United Nations we can plant new seeds of thought, to allow our current generation to realize the importance of SDG 5. In the Gettysburg address Lincoln said the US constitution is “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. Nearly 230 years later and there is not one mention of women on that prestigious document, signed on September 17, 1787.

Thus, the barrier which my nation, the United Nations or for that matter, any nation faces is not that people do not wish to change, but rather that we have not done much to allow people to change. The current generation must be educated on the importance of gender equality through MUN as they are the one who are still changing and learning the how the world works. To ensure SDG 5 is implemented we must become a body which unites both halves of the human race.

By Johann Bambino, President of MISMUN 2016 and Senior Advisor for MISMUN 2017

Awsaj Academy’s Areej AlKaabi talks about the power of MUN

I still remember that day when my friend came to me and told me to join a class called MUN. They said it would help me be a better student so I said yes. I still remember taking the signature paper to my beloved teachers for their signatures. Eventually, the real day came when I went to my first conference ever, and I was scared. I was confused, shy, and unsure what was happening. In the conference room I was sitting away from people to avoid speaking to them because I didn’t know what they were talking about. It seemed like they were talking about a serious issue and I was talking about how iPhones were awesome.

On that day I regretted my decision to join MUN, and I was thinking of quitting, but something in my head told me to stay. Even though the whole committee laughed at me and I was embarrassed, that tough situation built my confidence. Year after year with the help of Mrs. Machicek, Mr. Arduser, my mother and father things got easier and I understood more and more what was happening. Now I love MUN because I can debate with people, but in a professional and appropriate way. Three years later I am able to answer any question, teach others about MUN procedures, and chair committees.

It is true that MUN separated me from some of my friends, but trust me, it’s fine because I made a good choice. People ask me “Are you serious? You go to do school work on the weekends?” Today, to these people, I would like to say yes, I am glad I gave up my weekends so I can be where I am as a student today.  MUN helped me with public speaking, leadership skills and built in me a level of responsibility I did not have before.

I have been to Ireland and spoke to a room filled with 600 people, I am a captain of the Awsaj MUN team, I have been a main submitter on a resolution that passed, I have been an ambassador, and I have been a committee chair at MSMUN-Q. MUN helped me build a strength and confidence I never knew I had. At my first conference I couldn’t speak or stand in front of 20 people, but today as you all can see,  I can do anything. I am not the old Areej; today I am not scared, not shy, not confused, I am very sure of what I am saying and full of confidence. MUN gave me many opportunities to try and I honor all of them. I believe for every problem there must be a solution, well, except maybe for algebra.

The secret to success is patience. There are hard days that might make you want to quit, but wait because you don’t know what is waiting for you in the future. You don’t know what is behind a locked door. MUN unlocked the door to my future. Thank you

 

 

By Areej AlKaabi, President of Awsaj Mock Debate and Awsaj MUN Club

TQ Secretary General Keynotes MSMUN-Q Closing Ceremony

Madam Secretary General, Executive team members, student officers, delegates, directors, admin staff, parents and guests, I would like to start by thanking the Executive team for the wonderful welcome, it is my Greatest privilege to stand before a crowd of such wise, passionate and dedicated students from the region.

To introduce myself, my name is Ahmed Saif Al Hajari, a senior at Qatar Academy and almost a high school graduate. Through my high school career I have been so lucky to serve in numerous positions and I have had the privilege to be part of multiple executive teams, Including this very conference only last year, and it’s been such an amazing experience to watch it grow from and Idea to an international conference that’s first of its kind in the region.

Throughout my high school years, I’ve always been asked why I do MUN? Why I take on the extra work? Why I waste my weekends? wake up early in the morning, dress fancy and attend MUN conferences. Year in and year out I’ve heard this question Why do you do it? And funnily enough I couldn’t come up with an answer till only recently and today I want to take a minute to answer all those who have asked through the years, and i’ll do it by simply explaining where all of this started for me.

There I was a normal fifth grade in class, sitting with my friends, and this young women walks into our class talks to our teacher to gather our attention and then introduces herself as the President of the General Assembly, she went on to talk about the conference, she mentioned THIMUN a few times and then concluded by asking for volunteers to help out with the ceremonies. So of course me being the little ambisous fifth grade I was, the kid who wanted to try everything, my hand was the first one up to collect the parent permission slip. I was very excited for the event and was counting the days and finally there it was the day of first ever opening ceremony of THIMUN Qatar, where they had the fifth grades as the flag bearers for the parade, we were all given our assigned flag and the parade of nations began, as soon as we finished naturally all the kids put down the flags and went home with their parents. but of course not  little ambisous fifth grade Ahmed. I decided to take seat at the back of the auditorium and watch the rest of the opening ceremony. I was fascinated by this program called THIMUN, bare in mind I still have no idea what is, yet there I was sitting all alone in the back of the fully packed auditorium, listening to speech after speech after speech. Later that day I went back home and spent the rest of the night reading every brochure, analyzing every flyer and watching every video only to simply understand what MUN is.

Fast forward a few years here I am, that same ambitious fifth grader only a few years older and many years wiser thanks to MUN. After being threw it all it’s sad to say that my high school MUN career has come to end. From that night I sat at the back of the auditorium 8 years ago till this day, it’s been a long time running, but i would definitely do it again… Now to answer the long awaited question of Why I do MUN? The answer is because MUN has allowed step into multiple shoes, it has allowed me fight for and represent those who go completely against my personal morals and beliefs, it has allowed me to understand and dive into the confusing pool of politics, it has given me endless opportunities to grow and further better myself, it has been the reason of a service trip to Nepal that has changed the way I view life forever. Its has allowed me to interact and meet some of the world’s most influential individuals. Its has allowed me to create bonds and friendships all over the world. It has made me better understand myself and has taught me what career I wish to undertake in the near future. To put it simply MUN started for me as result of curiosity of an ambitious fifth grade, it then slowly turned into a interest rather than  an extracurricular activity and now i’m glad to say it has turned into a passion and that I will hopefully continue in the next chapter of my life.

Now I tell you all of this because the Middle school model united nation conference here in Doha provides you guys with an opportunity of a lifetime and I congratulate you for taking this opportunity and making the best of it. A keynote speaker at THIMUN Qatar once said Travel in the direction of your fears, throughout the past couple of days I witnessed each and everyone of you travel in the direction of your fears weather it be by building up the courage to join a merging group, voicing your delegations thoughts on the podium or simply just attending such a conference you were able to identify a fear and walk towards it. I must say that seeing a auditorium full of young aspiring leaders that come right out of a program such as MSMUN, it gives me great pleasure to say that I was a part of it.

Now as my final bit of advice, when you leave this building today it’s not only the end of MSMUN 2017 but rather the beginning of your MUN journey. Allow yourself to grow, allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them and most importantly allow yourself to travel in the direction of your fears.

Thank you and congratulations.

 

 

 

 

Middle School MUN Club visit to the Embassy of Peru


On Monday May 1st the Middle School MUN Club of Qatar Academy Doha had the unique opportunity to visit the Embassy of Peru here in Doha. Our group consisted of Middle School MUN students, along with a number of Senior MUN students from the Executive Team. We were warmly welcomed at the Peruvian Embassy by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Ruben Espinoza. He shared with us a great amount of information about the country itself (did you know tomatoes originate from Peru?) as well as an insight in the work of a diplomat in general, and more specifically the work of the Peruvian Embassy in Doha. Mr. Espinoza gave plenty of opportunity to ask questions in more detail about matters that will be of value for our upcoming MUN conference. A big thank you to Mr. Espinoza and the Embassy of Peru for giving up their time and welcoming us!

By Suzanne Brown and Stephen George, MSMUN Directors at QA Doha

UNODC Mandate Debated in Afghanistan Model UN

On Sunday 30th April, the HELA organization conducted its fourth HELA-AFMUN Monthly Mini Conference. This time the Conference was focused on the committee of UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), on the topic of Human Trafficking and Addressing Migrant Smuggling across the Mediterranean. The conference was held at Dunya University of Afghanistan thanks to their generous partnership.

The conference was unique because it  consisted of two committees, an English language committee and the first ever committee in Dari, a first in Afghanistan.  HELA  is proud to be a leader in starting Dari MUN  and now Dari MUN conference.

The conference started with an opening ceremony, in which guests from different private and public organizations were invited.During the opening Ceremony our respected Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ahmad Shah Sangdil , Head of Dunya University in Afghanistan, spoke about “How youth can make a change”.  Mr. Rahmatullah Hamdard, CEO & Founder of HELA and Mr. Sulaiman Sulaimankhil Deputy CEO and Co-Founder of HELA both spoke about “How HELA first started and about HELA’s achievements and its future goals.HELA team also conducted a pre-training session for all the delegates before the conference, helping to enhance their skills and allowing them  to develop into a real MUNer in Afghanistan!


Finally the conference was ended by providing the delegates with certificates; participants will also receive their Digital Certificates, which will enable them to start their own MUN clubs in Afghanistan. HELA  is ready to support the development of Model United Nations in Afghanistan, and to teach about important topics being addressed by the United Nations!
More photos from the conference and opportunities from HELA, coming soon…

 

 

 

 

 

By Rahmat Hamdard, CEO of Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan (HELA)

 

QA Al Khor visit Embassy of Mexico in MSMUN-Q Lead Up

By Martin McCurrach, MUN Director at Qatar Academy Al Khor

Next weekend eight of our students from the Middle School will be participating in the Middle Schools THIMUN Model United Nations on the 5th and 6th May 2017 at the QNCC. Yesterday the 30th April our school was honoured to be invited by His Excellency The Ambassador of Mexico, Mr. Francisco Niembro at the Mexican Embassy in Doha. Students had the wonderful opportunity to meet the Ambassador and ask questions relating to the the respective delegations they  are assigned to. We’re so proud of how our students represented our school with such professionalism. At the forthcoming Middle School MUN our students will represent Mexico. Having the opportunity to visit the Embassy and meet the Ambassador and his team was a valued educational experience and I thank His Excellency the Ambassador of Mexico for this opportunity. I also thank Mr. David for his support for the students. Let us celebrate and treasure this valuable learning experience.

 

HELA tackles women empowerment and gender equality

HELA has proudly taken the step to work for the Empowerment of Women in Partnership with THIMUN Online Model United Nations. This project is being led by two young female members of HELA, Negina Shinwary and Elhama Sediqi, and its main purpose is to enable women to shape their future through starting small businesses that will lead to major businesses. During the project HELA will hire professional lecturers in the field of business and they will provide different workshops in different fields like marketing, business management, HRM, and financial accounting, leadership and some other business related workshops to able them to start their business initiatives.

These workshops will continue for 6 months with 20-30 young women aged 18-25 years old. And at the end of trainings they will be divided into four groups and each group will receive a small budget from HELA to start their business initiatives under supervision of HELA leaders.

HELA will hold their monthly conference on 29th April 2017. They conducted MUN workshops at first and second session of the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality program so that these young talented women who are very interested in attending this conference can do so.
‘’It’s really great opportunity to express our talents, because HELA provides us best quality education and secure resources, says Humaira Nazari. HELA works for Peace and Equality!

Agenda for THIMUN Qatar 2018 Announced

THIMUN Qatar is pleased to announce its 2018 conference agenda.The theme of THIMUN Qatar 2018 is Sustainable Development Goal 5-Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women and Girls. All committees have one issue that ties to the conference theme.

THIMUN Qatar is also proud to support the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and to incorporate many UNODC mandate issues into our 2018 Conference. Mandate topics are noted with an asterisk (*).

The art of topic selection is fairly specific. All topics must be current, under discussion at the United Nations, and linked directly to UN sources. (The Student Officer Background Reports will help guide delegates to those resources.). Each Committee/Commission has one topic related to the conference theme, one to a specific region or country, and two that more broadly relate to the specific committee. UNODC mandates have been spread widely into the conference agenda, and in some cases have been selected to overlap with the conference theme. Again, Student Officer Reports will link UNODC mandate and materials developed through their Education 4 Justice (E4J) initiative back to the topic and shared so that delegates will have the best and most up to date materials available for their research.

Note that Arabic and French committees had been expanded for 2018, and will run parallel committees to their GA3 and HRC 1 English counterparts.  This year THIMUN Qatar will also reintroduce the Advisory Panel Question (APQ), which is a UNODC-themed panel focusing on Crime and Gender. The APQ President will share their findings with the UNODC through a joint communique at the end of the conference.

All background reports will be linked to the website on/around October 31.

GA 1 Disarmament and International Security
Measures to combat sexual violence in conflict zones
Measures to limit the use of the internet for terrorist purposes
Developing strategies to curb incitement and recruitment of young people to extremist causes
Curtailing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects *

GA 2 Economic and Financial
The question of gender inequality and its impact on poverty eradication
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory over their natural resources
Promotion of international cooperation to curb and recover illicit financial flows *
Protection of global climate for present and future generations

GA3 Social, Humanitarian and Cultural
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime *
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports *

GA4 Special Political and Decolonization
The question of illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Protecting the interests of the peoples of non-self governing territories
Improving Special Political Missions
Towards a united Cyprus

GA5 Administrative and Budgetary
Inclusion of women in peacekeeping operations
Improving the financial situation of the United Nations
Legal measures to reduce tax avoidance by transnational corporations (TNCs) *
Financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

GA6 Legal
Measures to enhance the protection and safety of diplomatic missions
The question of Universal Jurisdiction and national sovereignty and the role of the International Criminal Court
Effects of armed conflicts on treaties
Measures to eliminate international terrorism *

Security Council
The situation in Somalia and Eritrea
The question of Libyan sanctions
The question of DPRK
Measures to curtail all forms of human trafficking and migrant smuggling *

ECOSOC
Reducing vulnerability and building resilience resulting from extreme weather
Addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen
Measures to close the economic gender gap
The protection of human rights in the context of terrorism and counter-terrorism *

Disarmament Commission
The question of women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control
Strengthening the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
Preventing the acquisition by terrorists of radioactive materials
Full implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Environment Commission
Promoting sustainable lifestyles in carbon-intensive countries
Promoting urgent measures to promote green energy
Measures to address the increase in zoonotic diseases
Ocean acidification and its impact on ecosystems

Human Rights Commission 1
Strengthening reproductive rights for women
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Mental health and human rights

Human Rights Commission 2
Strengthening legal protections for Women and Girls
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in Myanmar
Ensuring the right to education for persons with disabilities
Ensuring the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

Special Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Closing the social, political and economic gender gap of Sub-Saharan Africa
Protecting and enhancing the rights of women in Palestine
Improving women’s access to ownership and control of land and other property
Promoting women’s empowerment through information and communication technology

Advisory Panel Question on Crime and Gender *
The Question of human trafficking
The Question of discriminatory penal legislation and policies

GA3-Arabic
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports

تحسين وضع المراة في المناطق النئة
تقوية التعاون الدولي لمحاربة الجريمة الالكترونية
ايجاد طريقة فعالة لحماية الطفولة المهاجرة واللاجئن
منع الفساد والجراءم المالية في عالم الرياضة

HRC 1- Arabic

Strengthening reproductive rights for women
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Mental health and human rights

دعم قوانين حماية النساء والبنات
اعادة النظر في مسالة حقوق الانسان في ميانمار
ضمان حقوق الاقليات من الجنسيات والعرقيات واتباع الديانات واللغات المختلفة
تقوية وتثبيت حقوق القدرة الانتاجية لدى النساء

GA3-French
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports

Améliorer la situation des femmes dans les zones rurales
Consolider les coopérations internationales afin de combattre contre le cyber crime
Renforcer la protection des enfants des migrants et des réfugiés
Entraver les corruptions et les crimes financiers dans le domaine du sport

HRC1-French
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Ensuring the right to education for persons with disabilities
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Mental health and human rights

Mesures pour combattre les intolérances, les discriminations et les violences basées sur des convictions religieuses
Assurer le droit à l’education pour des personnes handicapées
Revoir la situation des Droits de l’Homme dans la Republique démocratique de la Corée
Maladies psychologiques et droits de l’Homme

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Nauru vs. Australia
Ecuador vs. Colombia

Sustainable Development Goals: an MUN Resource

Many MUN programs choose agenda items that relate, directly or indirectly to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

One resource put together by the THIMUN Qatar office is a collection of SDG links, categorized by goal, for quick and easy reference. In addition to the goals, the compilation of resources includes the statistical data that particular SDG.  Bookmark this site for future reference, and if you find a great SDG site, contact us!  We’ll share it with our community of delegates!