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Message to BUHMUN 2021 Delegates

BUHMUN conference theme 2021

The conference theme for this year's BUHMUN will be centred around Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women and Girls. 

In 2015, the Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within the agenda were embedded seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations has requested that since its work is driven by these goals, Model UN conferences should proactively address and link to them. 

We are are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for BUHMUN 2021, Women 20 (W20) Australian Representative, Professor Caitlin Byrne. The W20 is the official G20 engagement group focused on gender equity.

Committee rooms

The BUHMUN Committee system is designed to accommodate both individual delegates and team delegations. A team delegation will represent the same country in two different committees. Each member of a delegation will need to submit a position paper addressing the committee topic to be eligible for the position paper award. 

Committee One – Ensuring Full Participation in Leadership and Decision Making (20 Positions) 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to take part in the Government of their country yet, women remain underrepresented in leadership and management positions in the public and private sector. In 2000 the proportion of women in national parliaments was at 13.2%, in seventeen years this has grown by just over 10% to 23.4%. Ensuring the full participation of women in leadership and decision making will improve women’s social, economic and political status is considered essential for sustainable development in all areas of life. The topics to be addressed by Committee One are: 

  • Accessibility to leadership education, recruitment and career-development programs to ensure that all women, especially young women, have equal access to managerial, technical and leadership training 
  • Involvement of Indigenous women in decision-making at all levels 
  • Non-discriminatory policies and practices designed to increase the number, and raise the position, or women in organisations 
  • The equal rights of women and men to engage in political activities and to freedom of association 

Committee Two – Equal rights to economic resources, property ownership and financial services (20 Positions) 

Globally, there are significant barriers that prevent women from participating equally in the workforce and the financial world at large. Women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men. While families, societies and economies depend on this work, for women, it leads to lower earnings and less time to engage in non-work activities. Close to 40 per cent of the world’s economies have at least one legal constraint on women’s rights to property, limiting their ability to own, manage, and inherit land. These barriers prevent women from engaging financially and achieving independence, which is vital to combating many gender-based issues worldwide. The topics to be addressed by Committee Two are: 

  • Valuing unpaid care, including care for the elderly and/or infirm of body 
  • Gender-based barriers to property ownership and full financial participation  
  • Access to entrepreneurial opportunities for women  
  • Equal access to economic resources 

Committee Three - Violence against, and exploitation of, women and girls (20 Positions) 

Violence against, and the exploitation of, women is a fundamental issue that must be addressed in order to improve gender equality. One in three women will experience violence in her lifetime, and these problems are not limited by geography or social demographics. Whilst it is true that forced marriages, poor working conditions and human trafficking are all significant problems in lesser developed countries, they are also prevalent in wealthy, developed countries where the exploitation of women is often overlooked. The challenge for all countries, rich and poor is to target the core attitudes which lead to the poor treatment of women, usually for financial or similar gain.  

  • The effects of armed or other kinds of conflict on women, including those living under foreign occupation  
  • Forced marriages  
  • Trafficking of women  
  • Working conditions in factories, especially fast fashion

Committee four - Protecting the Rights of Refugee Women

Committee four will address ‘Protecting the Rights of Refugee Women’ and address six sub-topics and is recommended for our most experiences BUHMUNners. The sub-topics include:

  • Access to Quality Education
  • Economic Opportunities and Access to Resources
  • Access to Health Services
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Documentation and Protection; and 
  • Meaningful Participation.

Journalism Room  

Under the banner of BUHMUN Journalism twenty High School students will be able to take on the role of either a video (multi-media media) journalist or a newspaper journalist for the duration of the conference. Students will be assigned to cover the BUHMUN ceremonies, plenary sessions and meeting rooms. The news produced by BUHMUN journalists will be shared online and distributed during the conference.  

At the conclusion of BUHMUN a collection of the news will be drafted into a digital newsletter to be made available through the BUHMUN website. 

BUHMUN rules of procedure

The BUHMUN Conference has adopted the UN4MUN Rules of Procedure. All delegates will follow these Rules of Procedure, which will be explained within the Delegation Packs sent to students after registration.