United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Chairs: Murren Meers & Sophie Lisbonis 

Main Topic: Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 


Cultural and Religious Traditions: FGM as a rite of passage from girl to womanhood and male expectations of womanhood. 

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: long term complications and risks of the procedure, prevention methods (tackling taboo and increasing education and sexual education including contraception and the concept of virginity) 

Violence Against Women and Children: Procedure occuring against their will. 

Questions to be answered in resolution: 

Are we doing more harm than good by abolishing the practice and making it illegal? 

How can we step beyond the taboo nature of the topic in order to raise awareness and make the practice safer? 

How can we address and protect the rights of women and girls? 

What are the impacts of COVID-19 on FGM?

Murren Meers

I am a first year at Leiden University College The Hague planning to major in International Justice. I am originally Belgian but raised in Germany. My main academic interests include peacekeeping & peace building, woman’s rights and international law. In the future, I hope to work at the ICC or UN.

Sophie Pulidis

Hey! I am Sophie, a first year student at Amsterdam University College after completing the International Baccalaureate at Ecole Jeannine Manuel in Paris, France. I am half American and half French, I was born and raised in Paris. Through my school’s club I was able to participate in a multitude of MUN conferences worldwide and chair a few locally. I cannot wait to meet all of you and see where you take this topic. Just like Murren I am very passionate about both the topic and the committee itself and cannot wait to see what directions this debate will take in attempting to find a solution. I am very excited to meet all of you and assist in the rich debate that will take place.