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Manchester High School for Girls

Students fight for equality at global conference

Equality was top of the agenda at Manchester High School for Girls’ annual Model United Nations Conference (MUNHigh) this weekend. 

Students across the country descended on Manchester High to debate topics such as the rights of unaccompanied children, genetic modification, child marriage and gender-based violence. Model United Nations is a simulation of the real United Nations, where students debate global issues as delegates from member states.

Becky West from Wilmslow, led the organising committee for the two-day event and served as Secretary-General for the conference.

She commented: “Model United Nations helps us to appreciate the way other people are affected by global issues, which is especially important in an increasingly divided world. Choosing topics that required delegates to research situation they are very unlikely to encounter themselves in builds empathy, which will stand us in good stead as we go through the journey of life!”

“Manchester High has taught me the importance of a global outlook, but MUN has helped to shape my own ideas about the world.”

Dr Sylvia Forchap-Likambi

In keeping with the theme of equality, Dr Sylvia Forchap-Likambi, a leading authority on transformation and women’s empowerment, was the guest speaker. Dr Sylvia spoke passionately about how it is individuals who have the greatest power to make meaningful changes to the world.

She remarked: “We all have a special gift, but society doesn’t always give us the opportunity to use it. Discrimination based on skin colour, religion, gender and class still exists, and in order for the world to progress we must overcome ignorance and embrace difference.”

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