Some clear patterns emerged from this exercise, which were highly interesting to observe. Many of those who were able to progress the furthest, indicating that they were provided with the greatest amounts of opportunities in their society, felt the safest in their community and were able to exercise their rights more fully, tended to be middle-aged men who held steady employment in a stable environment. This was not surprising in the least, as most delegates agreed that this was probably an accurate portrayal of the situation in real life. Many of those left behind were those facing difficult situations, such as being unable to speak the local language, living in a refugee camp or being subject to harassment by local authorities. Most of those unable to agree with any of the statements appeared to be women, again portraying the substantial gap between the rights and opportunities experienced by men and women in many modern societies.
Deborah then asked the participants where we would stand if we were to represent our true positions in the real world. Considering the high degree of education experienced by the delegates, incredible world experiences and high mobility that enabled us to travel to Sarajevo to participate in this Symposium, one may have expected many of the participants to be quite far along. However, many of the participants come from countries that have experienced incredible amounts of conflict in recent years, leading such individuals unable to agree with many of the statements made. Additionally, factors such as gender, age and employment had a substantial impact upon whether the delegates felt as though they were given the same opportunities and enjoyed the same degree of rights as others.