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Education 14th MUN­2010 Australia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, Russian  Federation, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania FIGHTING AGAINST GENDER DISCRIMINATION BY EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH EDUCATION

The General Assembly, Deeply concerned  by the fact that gender discrimination as far as education is  concerned, remains a matter of primordial concern and is even worsening in some parts  of   the   world,   mainly   in   Asian   communities   despite   the   advent   of   the   Universal  Declaration   of   Human   Rights,   article   26   (1),   “Everyone   has   the   right   to   education.  Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary  education shall be compulsory.”, Grieved  by the fact that as a result of extreme gender disparity, statistics have  shown that women represent 70% of the world’s poor population – a percentage that  has hardly been decreasing in the past few years, Recognizing  that   equal   access   to   education   and   the   elimination   of   gender  discrimination are the key pillars to all other millennium development goals, Keeping   in   mind  that   previous   initiatives   taken   by   international   organisations  have not been effective considering the persistent problems of developing nations, Deeply disturbed by the fact that hundreds of millions of children, the majority of  whom   are   girls,   are   deprived   of   their   right   to   education   due   to   lack   of   finance,  unaffordable school fees and lack of school facilities in remote and rural areas, Deeply regretting  the fact that schools lack girl’s participation and involvement,  the consequence of which is an increase in their vulnerability to early marriage and  pregnancy, abuse and exploitation,

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Education Australia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, Russian  Federation, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania

Having   considered  that   third   world   countries   are   usually   victims   of   political  instabilities eventually resulting in civil wars which are heavily detrimental particularly to  women’s security due to the lack of gender parity,  Fully aware of the capability of women to contribute in key sectors of the society  and shoulder responsibilities effectively, Convinced  that   progress   for   women   is   progress   for   all   as   gender   equality  positively  influences  the   economy of  a   country  at  large   since   women   empowerment  contributes effectively to higher economic productivity, lower infant mortality rates and  better   control   on   population   growth,   eventually  diminishing   the   income   gap   between  developed and developing countries,  Requests  the improvement of school infrastructure and sanitary facilities, the lack  of which keeps most girls away from school; 1.

 Recommends   the   restructuring   of   school   curricula   and   teacher   training   to  enhance   teaching   methodologies   by   making   the   teaching­learning   process   gender  responsive; 2.

 Emphasizes  on the sensitization of citizens on the importance of sending every  child to school, irrespective of their gender through information campaigns and legal  counselling;  3.

 Supports   abolishing of primary school fees targeted at aiding poor families, the  allocation   of   funds   for   back­to­school   campaigns   for   women   who   have   missed  schooling,   the   provision   of   appropriate   educational,   financial   support   for   female   skill   development programmes and self employment initiatives; 4.

 Draws the attention  of concerned governments and organisations to the fact that  the training of women in refugee camps about safety measures might help to combat  sexual violence against them; 5.

Appeals  for the introduction of a gender perspective in the national budgets and  for   the   financial   and   technical   assistance   of   NGO’s   for   innovating   programmes   and  strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality through education; 6.

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Education Australia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, Russian  Federation, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania

 Solemnly affirms  that the fight for gender equality is not a fight against men but a   fight   against   traditions   that   have   chained   them   –   a   fight   against   attitudes   that   are  ingrained in the society – a fight against system; 7.

 Supports   the   statement  of  the   Status  of  Woman   Secretary  Clinton   at  the  UN  commission held in March that "The status of the world's women is not only a matter of   morality and justice.   It is also a political, economic and social imperative. Put simply,  the   world   cannot   make   lasting   progress   if   women   and   girls   in   the   21st   century   are  denied their rights and left behind," and declares accordingly  that women should not be   confined to the four walls of their homes, but given an added dimension to show what   they are capable of; 8.

 Invites   all   member   nations   to   offer   their   support   to   this   resolution   for   the  promotion   of   women   empowerment   through   education,   thus   eliminating   gender  discrimination for the betterment of the world. 9.

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