Meet your Director, Valeria Popolizio!

Valeria is a senior political science major at UConn. This is her third year participating in UCMUN. Last year, she was the director of the Commission on the Status of Women, and she previously served as the assistant director of the International Law Commission. Outside of UCMUN, Valeria enjoys participating in leadership workshops through the UConn Leadership Office, attending events at PRLACC, and occasionally writing for the UConn Daily Campus as a campus correspondent. Valeria loves watching Parks and Recreation, going on new adventures, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She is enthusiastic to work with delegates and encourages them to email her with any questions at


Meet your Topic Specialist, Andrew Frascarelli!

Andrew is a junior music Major. He studies cello and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in music history. He performs with the UConn Symphony Orchestra, UConn’s Collegium Musicum, and is a member of the Meraki String Quartet. He is considering a major or minor in German, and is planning to pursue a doctorate in musicology upon graduation. In addition to his studies, Andrew is active in local politics in his hometown and holds elected office as a representative to the RTM. He was a member of his high school Model UN club, and was an assistant director for UNICEF at UCMUN XVII, as well as a topic specialist for the CCPCJ at UCMUN XIX. He looks forward to meeting and working with delegates at this year’s conference, and invites them to ask him any questions at!



Topic AObstetric Fistula

Obstetric Fistula is a worldwide epidemic that can occur to any woman after childbirth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this form of obstructed labor occurs when there is a tear between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum. In many developed nations, those with tears are immediately treated and do not face the severe consequences of this injury. However, in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, Arab region, and the Caribbean, obstetric fistula affects numerous women - specifically women of low economic status. Not only are there several physical complications associated with obstetric fistula, but because affected women are ostracized, it can cause mental health issues as well as deepen economic inequality. The goal of the CSW is to empower women who are affected by obstetric fistula and develop techniques to minimize the physical, mental, and economic effects of the epidemic.

Topic B: Economic Empowerment

In a world that is moving forward technologically and changing rapidly, there are clear discrepancies between men and women in the workforce. There are several barriers that women face in the economic sector that put them at a disadvantage. There are worldwide trends of income inequality between men and women, especially affecting and widening the wealth disparity between men and women with children. Additionally, women are not presented with equal opportunities in the labor force. Globally, women make up a great amount of the informal workforce , especially concentrated in regions such as South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Carribeans. These women specifically lack the protections of certain labor laws, further widening the wealth disparity. The CSW seeks to eliminate barriers against economic equality by conceptualizing ways that women can gain economic stability in a changing world.