abigail kasdin '18   world conference on women wcw@worldmun.org

abigail kasdin '18
world conference on women wcw@worldmun.org


Originally from New York City, Abigail is now a senior at Harvard studying Social Studies with a citation in Spanish. She is particularly interested in immigration and bilingual education in the United States. Beyond this, she is passionate about ensuring that human rights are protected for all human beings, regardless of gender identity. This is why Abigail is so excited to engage in debate and discussion with delegates in the World Conference on Women.
Abigail was the chair of DISEC last year at WorldMUN and of the Legal Committee in 2015. After two years, she is truly hooked on the WorldMUN spirit! In addition to WorldMUN, Abigail served as the USG for the General Assembly at HMUN, Harvard's conference for high school students in Boston.
When not thinking about WorldMUN, Abigail also loves to swim, hike, and daydream about her future travel plans.

Topic: Sex Workers and the Commercial Sex Industry

Sex work can take on many different forms, ranging from better-known practices such as prostitution and escorting to newer trends such as camming, in which people get paid for performing sexual acts in front of a live web camera. The World Conference on Women will look at a wide range of practices within the industry and consider what policies and regulations should be implemented on a national and international scale. One focal point will be on legislation regarding the legality of such acts. Right now, there are countries in which prostitution is illegal, countries in which it has been decriminalized, and countries in which it is completely legal. This varies even within regions and each policy stance presents its own challenges. Delegates will have to consider factors such as cultural norms, public health, and police infrastructure as they examine and present their nation’s policy on prostitution and other forms of sex work. While there are certainly a wide range of genders represented in these industries, the World Conference on Women will be primarily focused on discussing policies that impact sex workers who identify as female.