COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
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Topic A: Sex Trafficking in Africa
Topic B: Girls' Education

Committee Intro

In this committee, we will be discussing the two interesting topics of Human Trafficking in Africa as well as Girls Education. Human trafficking is a global issue which involves the coercion of a person through threat, force, or other means for the purpose of exploitation, whether for sexual means, labor, removal of organs, or other practices. This committee will focus specifically on human trafficking for sexually exploitative purposes as it applies to women and girls being trafficked throughout Africa. Those who are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking are usually people escaping from dire situations such as war and persecution. Currently, the rate of convictions for sex traffickers in these countries is still low along with a lack of proper protection and services provided to victims of sex trafficking. It is up to this committee to create a comprehensive and feasible solution to this important issue which addresses not only the causes but also the effects of this problem. Girls education is an issue that has intersections with other global problems affecting women such as violence, poverty, child marriage, and health. Oftentimes, girls are denied access to education because there is no safe environment to learn in, putting young girls at risk for experiencing physical or sexual violence. The benefits of ensuring that girls around the world receive proper and education affect almost every part of life. Educated women are likely to survive childbirth, have better access to nutrition, have more access to work, and are less likely to be at risk for child marriage. This committee is given the task of not only improving and creating new educational opportunities for young girls, but also ensuring that the benefits of education last and are able to improve the long-term quality of life for women.

Andreas Pavlou

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the 35th annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference My name is Andreas Pavlou and it is my pleasure to serve as the chair CSW. I am very excited to meet all of you and hear all of the great ideas and perspectives that you will bring to the debate.

I am a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science and Comparative Literature. My hometown is Elmont, New York and I grew up in a mixed household, with my mom being African American and my dad Greek-Cypriot. In the IAA I am a member of the Community Outreach and Engagement, and have staffed both UPMUNC and ILMUNC during my time here. Outside of the IAA, I am involved with 34th Street Magazine and host my own podcast, Bottoms On Top (it’s available on iTunes and SoundCloud!). Some of my other interests include playing tennis, shopping, writing, and re-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race lip-sync battles.

If you have any questions about ILMUNC, or anything else, please reach out to me! I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Warmly,

Andreas Pavlou

Chair, Commission on the Status of Women
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Fjora Arapi

Dear Delegates,

It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you all to the UN Commission on the Status of Women at this year’s ILMUNC. My name is Fjora Arapi and I am the moderator of this committee. I am very eager to introduce myself and to begin what I am sure will be an engaging and exciting weekend.

This is my fourth year of being involved in the International Affairs Association, having been an Under-Secretary General of UPMUNC and Chief of Staff of UPMUNC in past years. I am currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in International Relations and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. I was born in Albania, but immigrated with my family to northeast Ohio when I was still an infant, growing up to be a die-hard supporter of the Cavaliers. I was very involved with Model UN when I was in high school, and it helped me develop not only my speaking and debate skills, but also my friendships. I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to different parts of the country and learn about different thoughts and perspectives all while having an amazing time with the people I came to call my good friends. However, when I’m not otherwise spending my time doing all things UPMUNC, I am either wandering art museums or eating at any of Philly’s hole in the wall restaurants.

I have no doubt that you will find ILMUNC 35 to be a conference filled with lively debate, committed staffers, and an amazing time. More importantly, I hope you take the time to sincerely enjoy yourself and take the chance to meet great people and make some wonderful memories. Please contact me if you have any questions whatsoever! Prepare yourselves for a ridiculously good time!

Best,

Fjora Arapi

Moderator, Commission on the Status of Women
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference