United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women


Topic A

Political Influence of Women

Despite the ability of women to vote in most nations (excluding Vatican City), taking political office or actively pursuing activism outside of governance still holds challenges. Nations that allow the right to vote are nevertheless complacent about executing the right as countries like Afghanistan, Uganda, and Pakistan tie women closely to their male guardians.

This makes it difficult for women to leave the house and vote without express permission, at times being prohibited entirely by family. Women that do present themselves at voting stations risk harassment and violence.5 Domestic duties and household chores also act as obstacles to finding time to vote, where walking distances to stations could also impact a woman’s choice to vote or not

Topic B

Rights of LGBTQ Women

In the status quo, LGBTQ rights are heavily scrutinized by the international community and identifying individuals are violated on a daily basis. Despite progressive action in several Western liberal democracies and a handful of states overseas, including Taiwan, New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina, non-heterosexual populations are at risk for punishments as serious as the death penalty in other nations.

This is especially prevalent for LGBTQ women, who tend to experience sexism and homophobia, transphobia, or biphobia in conjunction with one another. Currently, the world is seeing discrepancies in laws on a spectrum: while some nations outright ban LGBTQ relationships, others permit them to a certain degree or in the absence of marriage.

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Dais team

Stephanie Chang


Eric Birzneck


Margaret Yan



UN Women

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or UN Women, was founded in 2010 and seeks to empower female-identifying individuals throughout all UN Member States. The committee’s mandate is focused on providing economic, social, governmental, and humanitarian support to achieve gender equality across the globe. UN Women aims to give women the right to lead in government, access safe and fair workplaces, receive basic education, and live free of violence. Within the United Nations, this committee is primarily tasked with drafting policies alongside inter-governmental organizations including the Commission on the Status of Women, aiding in countries’ implementation of laws promoting women’s rights, and actively recording the UN’s progress in combating gender issues.

Delegates are encouraged to research and debate from a non-Eurocentric perspective, with consideration of the various environments that women face daily on a global scale. While the committee is unable to directly impose laws against the will of nations, delegates are advised to take into account the power of UN Women to protect and equip women in all stages of life, whether that be in a governmental position of authority, refugee camps, or conflict zones