UN Commission on the Status of Women CSW


  • Topic A: Maternal Mortality
  • Topic B: Female Trafficking

TOPIC A Maternal Mortality

TOPIC B Female Trafficking


  • Hannah Maidman
  • Kallie Hoffman
Email Committee Chair

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a body comprised of 45 Member States of the United Nations. The Commission has members from around the world, such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, and more, with each Member State having one representative. Established on June 21, 1946 by ECOSOC resolution 11(II), CSW serves as the “principal global intergovernmental body” dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. By bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, representatives will discuss the progress and gaps being implemented within the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Further actions to accelerate the progress and promotion of exercising women’s rights in political, economic, and social fields will also be discussed in full detail, too.
This committee is a functional, standard GA found within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Delegates will be representing the 45 Member states and debating one of the two topics listed below – Topic A: Maternal Mortality or Topic B: Female Trafficking. Both topics are current and imminent issues that will bring forth strong, comprehensive debate and complex thinking. The dais will be happy with whichever topic chosen, and prior experience to GA is not required to be part of this committee. Please read the background guide carefully for the rules, procedures, and topics of this committee.

Topic A: Maternal Mortality
Maternal mortality is often thought of as an issue that only occurs in exclusive parts of the world, yet the harsh reality is that this problem affects all nations. Maternal mortality refers to deaths due to complications from childbirth or pregnancy, and the most common complications concern severe bleeding, infections, and high blood pressure. Delegates will have to address these problems in diverse ways, by creating comprehensive solutions that not only deal with the health care disparities that exist globally, but also working together to develop strategies and initiatives to increase access to high quality management and treatment during and after childbirth.

Topic B: Female Trafficking
Female trafficking is a global and domestic human rights issue that nations around the world must address urgently. Through force, fraud, and coercion, vulnerable individuals, often suffering from political instability and poverty, are trafficked for both labor and commercial sex. There is no “one size fits all” for female trafficking cases, yet all women encounter high rates of physical and sexual violence and suffer from a multitude of mental health problems. In the committee, delegates will need to collaborate to address this multifaceted issue that leaves both invisible and visible scars. The risks of trafficking and exploitation must be better understood, and it is imperative that prevention and intervention strategies be crafted to better help vulnerable populations.