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Committee: United Nations Development Programme

Country: French Republic

Through these modern times, mankind has been looking forward, although with many setbacks, to bridge differences. As Nicholas Kristof said, “in the 19th century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world”. Women have found themselves trapped in a system that hinders their chance to blossom throughout history and continue to find walls today. 52 countries are still lacking constitutional treatment of equality between men and women, and indicators of women access to education, employment, health, entrepreneurship, and development are at critical levels in many locations. Gender inequality has become a pressing challenge which needs to be tackled urgently. For the French Republic, acquiring a stand-alone gender equality goal and cross-cutting targets is crucial for achieving this. As gender discrimination is composed by various interlinked edges which correlate with one another, the correct way to diminish gender imbalances is to approach them through an integrated scheme.

Yet, before looking for what to do, it is imperative to analyze the current conditions on gender matters. First and foremost, UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report (2013) has shown that 31 million girls still lack access to primary school, whereas 17 million will never get school services. However, it is educational quality, and not access itself, the determinant factor for income distribution and economic growth, as the economist Eric Hanushek states, investment in...