Page 1 of 3 pages. Commission : Political Session : 14th MUN 2010 Sponsors : Togo, Armenia, Tunisia, Croatia, Cambodia, Sweden, Republic of Tanzania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Ecuador, South Africa.
QUESTION OF: CREATING A LEGAL FRAMEWORK TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITES FOR EQUITABLE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN FOR DEVELOPMENT. The General Assembly, Expressing deep concern that cases of early pregnancies and marriages cause girls to abandon their studies at a very tender age in Tanzania, Having studied that the rural areas of South Africa subjected to underdevelopment in infrastructure have triggered poor living conditions and illiteracy among the female counterparts, Noting with concern that despite some progress being made, there is still a low percentage of women in politics, Aware of the fact that women representatives are relatively less corrupted and therefore a denser female presence will bring about a stretched degree of credibility to governance in the eyes of electorates, Noting with regret that women are marginalized in the context of position embodying power and authority, Noting with approval that no decision can be taken for the quantitative benefit of an economy if a meaningful fraction of the population, that is, women are left aside, Referring to the Charter of the United Nations which obliges all States to promote equal rights of men and women and to practice tolerance and live together as good neighbours,
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Commission : Political Sponsors : Togo, Armenia, Tunisia, Croatia, Cambodia, Sweden, Republic of Tanzania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Ecuador, South Africa. Emphasizing that discrimination deprives girls and women of the power and right to earn a living, and to be free from violence, abuse and exploitation, Taking into consideration that investment in gender equality can stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty, conversely persistent gender inequalities drains the prospects for economic growth, Deeply regretting that lack of education, access to information and substandard knowledge about ICT have hindered women’s penetration in politics, 1. Calls for campaigns to sensitize young girls and to encourage them to prioritise studies so as to become a complementary and dynamic human resource; 2. Requests government to promote infrastructural development in these areas and invest in the educational sector hence promoting education; 3. Appeals for electoral quotas and a gendersensitive perspective to be introduced, that is, making a considerable number of women in the parliament a standard feature; 4. Recommends modification of the political participation criteria demanding an increase in the percentage of women on the electoral rolls for the legislative elections; 5. Suggests more trainings and career advancement programs for the improvement of women skills and provide opportunities for them to contribute to the economic development;
Page 3 of 3 pages Commission : Political Sponsors : Togo, Armenia, Tunisia, Croatia, Cambodia, Sweden, Republic of Tanzania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Ecuador, South Africa.
6. Expresses its thanks to the UNDP which integrates gender equality and women's empowerment in its four main areas of work: poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development; 7. Calls upon the UNDP to offer courses on cooking, sports and other female oriented fields to develop the skills and talents of women and so as to promote women emancipation; 8. Recommends the government of all countries to follow the UN charter to maintain peace and eradicate discrimination; 9. Further recommends the government to promote, protect and enforce respect
for existing standards for the promotion of human rights and nondiscrimination on any ground; 10. Proclaims the use of ICT training to overcome the gap between men and women in the use of technologies to provide women with equal access to information; 11. Appeals to the member states to implement the Beijing platform for action; “Peace was inextricably linked to equality between women and men and development, and emphasized that women's full involvement in all efforts for the prevention and resolution of armed conflicts was essential for the promotion and maintenance of peace and security.”