Lebanese rhythm


The creative vibe from the EcoFin council might have transferred through the walls, as the delegate of Greece let her Lebanese roots shine through with a flaming song in the EcoSoc council this morning. The fact that her blood was infused with some caffeine from the coffee break before might have contributed to the choice of the song. The delegates of Sweden and Guatemala joined in on the flirty rhythms and started dancing on their seats. Other delegates, namely New Zealand, were not as responsive and got lost behind their computer screen.

After the delightful presentation of Greece, the delegates of Tunisia and Bolivia came in late and the hope for another musically performance sprouted, but chair Carlotta Massari stepped in and remembered that the delegates did a presentation at another committee.

On a more serious note, the debate about gender equality in MENA-countries went on and Denmark argued  that the reproductive rights and the women knowing their rights plays a very distinct role in providing gender equality in the MENA-countries. The delegation of Columbia drew the attention of the delegates on the controversy in the independence of women in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa especially, because they were strongly linked to their traditions and their families. Columbia suggests education as the key to the women’s independency and strongly invites the delegates of the council to engage in drafting ideas for broader campaigns for the education of women.  The delegates very much agree with this proposal.

At this point the country of New Zealand would like the delegates to discuss the sensitive issue of abortion, in response to the statement made by the delegate of the United Kingdom that it is particularly difficult to integrate women in the economic and social life because of early pregnancies. The delegate of Portugal takes the floor to introduce the Portuguese model, where abortion is legal, albeit with certain restrictions: it should not take place after the tenth week of pregnancy, the safety of the women must absolutely be guaranteed during the process and it has to be treated as the absolute last resort in any case.  The suggestion of applying such a model in the MENA-countries met with approval among the majority of the delegates. EZ

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