TOPIC A Child Marriage
TOPIC B Comprehensive Family Planning
- Emma Kugelmass (She/Her/Hers)
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) promotes women’s rights, gender equality and empowerment of women using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for its projects. This committee will primarily focus on SDG 5 (Gender Equality) while working to include SDGs 3, 4, and 10 (Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, and Reduced Inequalities) as well. To successfully achieve its aims, CSW relies on the cooperation and participation of its member states, as well as the support of other UN agencies.
Topic A: Child Marriage
Child marriage has been a critical area of focus for the CSW since its creation in 1946. The practice of child marriage is often defended as a historical and or cultural tradition, essential to preserving the social and economic stability of communities around the world. However, child marriage poses tremendous health and safety risks for young women and greatly inhibits the ability of girls to reach their full academic and professional potentials. Delegates will be encouraged to address this topic creatively and holistically, focusing on economic and educational, in addition to social and cultural solutions.
Topic B: Comprehensive Family Planning
Family planning is the practice of actively planning via the spacing out or inhibiting pregnancy by individuals or families to achieve their desired family size. Family planning is practiced globally, to varying degrees of success and scale, ranging from individual families to national governments. This topic will focus on sexual and reproductive health, bodily autonomy, economic development and poverty as critical determinants of family planning habits. Family planning reflects a larger fundamental belief in the rights of women to exercise their full rights and autonomy inside and outside of the home.