UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Level: Beginner

UN Women is an entity of the United Nations dedicated to the empowerment of women and promotion of gender equality across member states. It works to set global standards of gender rights, ensuring that governments implement effective and truly beneficial changes.


Topics:

  1. Preventing violence against women and girls with disabilities
  2. Empowerment of women in post-conflict reconstruction


This Committee's Rules of Procedure and Study Guide will be released soon ahead of our Position Paper due date for delegates.

 Lise Theunissen

Director

Lise Theunissen

23, Belgian

Occupation: Law student at the KU Leuven

MUN Experience: Originally from the KULMUN Association in Belgium, Lise has gained most experience in the UK circuit notably chairing at OxIMUN. In addition she has successfully participated in Harvard World MUN. As one would expect from a UN Women chair, Lise is highly passionate about gender equality and looks forward to challenging every delegate equally, ensuring a high quality of debate and empowering the committee.

Hobbies: In her free time, Lise loves to sail in rather extreme weather conditions, travel whilst trying out the local language and food and improve her eloquence and coaching skills through inspirational speeches.

Fun Fact: She has appeared in a music video.

 Marie Colangelo

Assistant Director

Marie Colangelo

20, French

Occupation: Politics student at King's College London

MUN Experience: Marie had the opportunity to participate in her first MUN conference when she was 15 but she only started to attend conferences regularly when she started university. Marie has taken part in various conferences as a delegate around the UK such as LIMUN, CUIMUN and LSEMUN, in addition to chairing at ULMUN 2018 and PIMUN 2019. Moreover, this year, she is also the Events Officer for the KCL United Nations Association.

Hobbies: Outside of MUN, Marie is interested in intersectional feminism and gender studies. She is the president of KCL Women & Politics Society whose aim is to promote and enhance women’s participation and leadership in politics. In her free time, Marie likes to play the ukulele (even if she is not especially good at it), to go to ABBA nights and to spot dogs on the tube.

Fun Fact: Marie unconditionally loves Jägerbombs!

 Zeesha Shirin

Assistant Director

Zeesha Shirin

19, Indian

Occupation: International Relations student at the University of Exeter

MUN Experience: Zeesha is a 2nd year International Relations student at the University of Exeter. She has so far attended 10 different MUN conferences, including Harvard World MUN, OxiMUN and CUIMUN 2018.

Hobbies: Outside of her studies and MUN, Zeesha loves to cook when she can find the time between procrastinating from writing her essays by watching Netflix, and trying out different fashion styles.

Fun Fact: Zeesha trained as a seaside lifeguard for 5 years - a skill that will be invaluable for Chairing in Cambridge.