For the second session on Friday, August 30th, UNHRC began the committee by going into an unmoderated caucus where the representatives came together as a whole and reached a consensus that the committee lacked productivity. This was because discussions were not doing justice to the agenda; instead, the same causes - birth registration and child abuse - kept being brought up. Although there was enthusiasm for helping Nigeria, the committee was unable to make significant progress.
An argument had taken place upon the subject of the next moderated session; some delegates felt that it did not make sense to move onto a different cause without discussing the impact of the current one, whereas others felt that it was merely a waste of time because the aftermath was apparent. On both sides of the argument, the main object seemed to be to harp around the problems being faced in Nigeria, rather than work towards potential solutions.
The delegates of the United Kingdom (UK) and Spain had disagreed when the UK came forth to speak during the moderated session discussing the safety of women in Nigeria. This occurred because the delegate of the UK had brought up a policy which had recently been implemented on the country. The plan used technology as a means to help save women from unwanted trouble by placing GPS trackers on their phones. Spain opposed and remarked that Nigeria was not as financially stable as the United Kingdom. The delegate of Spain also retorted that “the women of Nigeria did not have enough education to use the policy wisely”. The prior session also proved that the country makes good laws but has a problem implementing them due to the patriarchal nature of the justice system. Accordingly, even if a proposal were to come to play, it would not be valid, as the closed-off mindset would not allow for smooth implementation. Therefore, these discussions did not seem to be doing much for the victims.
The delegate of the Democratic of Congo (DRC) motioned for a moderated caucus to address the lack of independence among Nigerian women. The delegate then said and here quoted, “the women in Nigeria do not have any source of income and do not have job opportunities; hence, they are dependent on their husbands”. This initiated a fruitful debate between the delegates.Amongst it all, the committee had recognised that the last cause- domestic violence- was yet to be discussed, after which, a solution based working paper would be formed, and the committee now hopes to move further with resolutions.
Reporter: Anika Chopra
Editor: Eesha Mathur