Written by China Global Television Network
In Saturday morning’s session IV, representatives from the three major blocs presented their tentative resolutions for the empowerment of women globally, surprisingly without significant differences in opinion from Saudi Arabia to Guatemala.
The Formation Paper, lobbied by Japan, Ireland, Liberia and others, proposes a solution from political, social and economic angles. The resolution encourages legislations to pass laws to end discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It also tackles suffrage rights by pushing for increased representation of women from disadvantaged communities in voting.
The Formation Paper also seeks to gain mentorship programs to empower women and girls to be involved in politics and educate them on advocacy work, community organizing, and building relationships. Finally, the Formation Paper hopes to implement economic measures, specifically ensuring women’s access to loans and financial literacy when utilizing those resources.
The Healthcare, Education, Accountability, Data, Suffrage, and Social Media (HEADSS) resolution proposes a sweeping solution closely aligned with another resolution entitled Wonder Women Making Herstory. Both resolutions call for partnership with the Grameen Bank to fund microloans for vulnerable women and education programs.
Each resolution also proposes utilizing existing UN data to assess the current gender equality climate, however they will use it for differing means. Wonder Women Making Herstory seeks to personalize the data on a state-by-state basis to avoid undermining the sovereignty of each nation. HEADSS, on the other hand, is focusing on reorganizing the data to include household work in the calculation of a country’s GDP.
Both resolutions also call for increasing suffrage and voting accessibility for all women, including reducing violence within polling places and offering transportation to the polls.
Among additional nuances between blocs, nothing appears inherently contradictory. The delegate representing the United Kingdom affirmed, “We’re all working toward the same goals; we want to empower women.”