Le Monde interviewed Eva Guidarini, Director of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
What did you aspire to become when you were in your early teens?
I don’t think I ever really knew as to what I wanted to become when I was a teenager, it changed a lot. As a kid my brother and I used to watch this movie called “Passport to Paris” which was a popular Mary-Kate and Ashley film, where in there was a character sketch of an ambassador who was also a sort of a father figure. So looking at that character I’ve always wanted to become an ambassador since then.
Could you give a brief sketch as to how the CSW committee works and what it aims for?
A-CSW is one of the most important committees in the UN and we’ve been focusing on the reproductive health a lot lately as its one of the greatest concern in today’s world.However speaking of the committee in general its working a lot for the upliftment of the women in the society. As an individual though I think it’s one of the greatest committees I’ve ever worked with so far.
What would you as an individual like to change about the committee ?
I think that reproductive health is a major concern to be discussed so according to me it should be given immense importance so as to enhance the empowerment of women. This is one area we need to focus on and currently lagging behind in.Secondly I think that more collaboration is always good however it is a bit difficult as many groups have to merge together with different ideas and views.So I think that a little more collaboration would be beneficial.
Do you think that women’s role in India can be uplifted within a short time span?
Yes, I absolutely think so. Overlooking the role of women and their empowerment has grown pretty intense although there have been terrible news stories BUT the one thing that has risen out of that is the ATTENTION towards women’s empowerment and their role which has taken an initiative to start off with the concept of activists and movements. Its hard to say how effective they’ll be! But now that the country is more aware and moreover there is national and international publicity of women’s equality, India will definitely be taking these areas a lot more seriously into account.
How was your experience in HMUN for the first time ?
The first time I attended HMUN was in Boston when I was a freshmen, I loved how excited the delegates were and I had a really great time.I was in the Crisis committee which was about Pompi the great, this committee was very different from the other committes and it was sure as fun! My first HMUN in India however was last year and it was amazing as there were many enthusiastic delegates. In fact there have been such enthusiastic delegates both the years. I’ve loved every HMUN that I’ve attended, these are the kinds of events which one would look forward to.
What more do you think the UN should do to increase women empowerment within the society?
I think that the UN has done a lot to increase women empowerment lately,I think that the UN has a hard time reaching to most of the countries that need to focus on women empowerment. The UN could partner with other organizations which have greater enforcement mechanism. One of the greatest things which happened last year is that the international ethic organization worked with UN and decided to send the delegates to the Olympics in order to reach out regarding the following concern. This was something I thought was great for the women on the international state level. So now that UN has done a lot for this concern I think its high time for them to club with other international organization which have a similar objective and getthing them to work on it as well, sending expertise all over ,by doing so I guess there would a much larger outcome within a short span of time
Which Committee is your personal favorite ?
I don’t know if I have a favorite committee. My favorite committee is always the committee am in that moment so right now its CSW. It always seems that the committee am directing at that point of time turns out to be my favorite so it keeps changing all the time.
So far you might have come across millions of delegates so you as a director, what is the first thing you notice about a delegate?
I never really make a dramatic impression on the first look. One thing I do notice about a delegate is their level of enthusiasm, that is one thing which I notice a lot because that particular trait does matter at MUN .
To wrap it up, what is your favorite part of HMUN?
I have always loved the HMUN India’s Got Talent. That is something I really look forward as its great fun seeing the enthusiastic participation. I actually love the way all the committees work towards their objective and be real enthusiastic about it. HMUN is great fun and an unforgettable event to attend. I think all of it is my favorite part, it is great!