New Delhi: The 4th ISBF Model United Nations (MUN) Conference held at the Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF), Delhi, saw issues related to Gender Dysphoria – the state of being at unease with one’s gender, being debated enthusiastically by college students of the national capital region. More than 120 students, including 94 delegates from institutions like Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College for Women, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma (ARSD) College, Khalsa College, Jesus and Mary College, Ecole Global School, Dehradun and Amity (NOIDA), and faculty members from some of these institutions, are participating in the conference which is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day conference, Professor (Dr.) G.L. Tayal, Dean Academics, ISBF, stated that the ISBF MUN had gathered momentum in Delhi over the last four years and gives the students an imperative edge in their professional career. He said, “I appreciate and admire the ISBF MUN Cell for addressing issues relating to human suffering in different parts of the world.” Alluding to the topics under discussion, he added, “arms build-up and proliferation do no good to anybody. Also, before we talk about solutions to gender identity issues, we must understand gender dysphoria and its many nuances.”
In the first of the three committees formed this year, the UN Women – discussing gender dysphoria with special emphasis on sex reassignment surgeries, students covered a large canvas of topics related to gender, transgender issues and the taboo against them, the status of their rights and their stereotypical representation in the media.
The other committees formed were the UNGA (DISEC), discussing promoting multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation, and the NITI Aayog, discussing the issue of recrafting a formal definition of poverty and restructuring centrally sponsored schemes for its reduction.