Position Paper ECOFIN Eradicating Poverty through the Empowerment of Women

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Committee: Economic and Financial

Topic: The Eradication of Poverty through the Empowerment of Women

Country: South Korea

School: Fairhope High School

The eradication of poverty has always been a number one priority of the United Nations. Since the beginning of time, there has been those who have plenty, those who have few, and those who have none. The United Nations was built upon the need to supply and assuage the needs of the nations. Poverty eradication is the number one need. If every nation was economically well off, most of the other needs could also be met. For example, if a nation such as Africa were not impoverished, they could make themselves well equipped to combat the diseases that plague their nation. Also, because poverty eradication goes hand in hand with world hunger, the eradication of one would abolish the other. In a similar, but no so extreme way, the empowerment of women would have a direct impact on the eradication of poverty.

Unfortunately, due to the laws and principles of the Bible and the opinion of men of history, the status of women has never been equal to that of man. This inequality leads to women making up 70% of the world's working hours but only earn 10% of the world's income. In turn this causes 80% of the world to live on less than less than $10 a day, while only making up 5% of the world's income (Lovely Professional University).

In South Korea, the traditional role of a women is one of submissiveness, one of preserving harmony in the home and evading conflict. Her chief objective was to be a good daughter, a good wife and a good mother. Korean women are expected to be and to want to be completely biddable to her husband. Also it...