Model UN 2007
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Model UN 2007 was held on Tuesday My 1, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sierra Leone has seen serious and grotesque human rights violations since 1991 when the civil war erupted. According to Human Rights Watch, over 50,000 people have been killed to date, with over one million people having been displaced.
Sierra Leone facts
On July 7, 1999 the government of Sierra Leone and rebels signed a peace agreement brokered by the United Nations, Organization of African Unity (OAU), and ECOWAS, committed the RUF to lay down its arms in exchange for representation in a new government. It also included a general amnesty for all crimes committed during the civil war, and mandated the formation of a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) and a national human rights commission. More: http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/sleone/
New Testimony of Rape Committed by Sierra Leone Rebels More: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2000/06/05/sierra604.htm
International Injustice: The Tragedy of Sierra Leone
Can Sierra Leone escape its hellish cycle of mutilation, rape and murder? The answer lies with the United Nations Security Council, which is meeting this week to consider how to set up a war crimes tribunal for this ravaged African country.
Having tried and failed to buy peace on the cheap, the council now faces a defining moment. How it responds will speak volumes about its capacity to meet the difficult challenge of abusive civil wars, particularly in Africa.
The last time that the U.N. had a chance to wrest Sierra Leone from its nightmare, it failed miserably. In January 1999, Freetown, the capital, was under siege by a barbarous group of thugs known as the Revolutionary United Front. The RUF lived off the country's rich diamond fields and terrorized the population with its signature atrocity of chopping off arms and hands of men, women and often children. More: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2000/08/02/sierra12816.htm
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
In the name of tradition, millions of women and girls also continue to suffer the trauma of female genital mutilation (FGM) in many countries. Adelaide Abankwah fled her country, Ghana, in 1997, for fear of FGM and sought asylum in the USA. In August 1999, after two years of legal battles, the US Board of Immigration Appeals finally granted her asylum after a federal court in New York decided that she had a well-founded fear of being subjected to FGM if returned home. A landmark decision in 1996 in the USA ruled that fear of FGM can be grounds for granting asylum. http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/women/2000/feature.html
United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
CEDAW official website provides you with historical and political background and specific country involvement including reports and transcripts of previous CEDAW sessions. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/reports.htm
Division for Advancement of Women (DAW)
DAW offers online reports connecting gender inequality to poverty and includes platforms for action (strategic concepts) and statistical information. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/poverty.htm
UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Outlines UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including "Promoting gender equality and empowering women." http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA)
A branch of the UN, UNPFA will provide you with current issues and news and progress on international gender equality. http://www.unfpa.org/gender/index.htm
Provides context to upcoming CEDAW session including online discussion topics, session minutes, transcripts, media clips from previous sessions and executive summaries http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/
Gender equality websites
Amnesty International is an international human rights campaigning movement. This source will provide you with access to country specific reports on gender equality issues. http://web.amnesty.org/library/eng-373/index
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international organization committed to issues surrounding gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights (empowerment and social justice). AWID works closely with similar international organizations as a supportive alliance and provides extensive information on relvant issues to gender equality. http://www.awid.org/
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
CIDA is a branch of the Canadian government. This website will provide you with relevant Canadian content on international gender equality issues, including statistics, definitions and links to related websites. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/REN-218125542-Q37
Human Development Reports
Provides a composite index that evaluates nations' gender-related development index (GDI) rank, identifying issues such as poverty, population, literacy and economy as contributors to gender inequality. Available PDF downloads http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2003/indicator/indic_196_1_1.html
The World Bank Gender and Development
Provides PDF reports on current gender development issues. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTGENDER/0,,menuPK%3A336874~pagePK%3A149018~piPK%3A149093~theSitePK%3A336868,00.html
World Bank Group
The World Bank Group explains in plain language the definition of gender, equality and what is means to youth today. You can also explore specific issues that contribute to gender inequality. This site provides supplemental background stories. http://youthink.worldbank.org/issues/gender/