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The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee is concerned with the examination of human rights and fundamental freedoms along with their social implications. Through these practices, it is meant to protect minority groups as well as promote the abolition of systematic oppression in various contexts. While it lacks the ability to enact international legislation, its role is largely defined by the aid it is delegated to provide. SHSMUN’s SOCHUM serves as an environment in which new and experienced delegates alike work cohesively toward solutions for the wide array of issues facing the committee. In this way, Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian debate benefits a large range of experience levels.
Topic A: Addressing the Plight of Stateless Persons
Stateless persons are deprived of the very human rights that the Third Committee was created to protect. Without a nationality, one cannot find work, cannot own a home, cannot receive health care; their very existence becomes a violation of law. With so many millions of people stripped of their nationality or born without one, it is imperative that nations act to reduce statelessness.
Topic B: Women’s Rights in the Garment Industry
Employing millions of women across the globe, the garment industry is a source of verbal and physical abuse of all forms for those working there. From sexual harassment, to assault, to robbery, women working in this industry have endured horrific acts, and it is the responsibility of nation states to end these acts and protect their rights.
Topic C: The Rights of Activists
Activists employ everything from strikes to artwork to advocate for their diverse beliefs, and they are met with opposition that is just as diverse. Brutal violence, arbitrary arrest, and job loss are just a few of the ways they have been oppressed. Without action from the Third Committee, activists will continue to be victims of heinous crimes.
Benjamin Thompson, SOCHUM Chair
1. ) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?
It was Freshman year, right in the middle of AP World. Mrs.Lee was giving a lecture and all of a sudden my friend Harrison Ivins (a Junior then) pulled me out of class. He asked me if I wanted to be the Sochum delegate for Senegal, and even though I had no idea what that meant, I said yes. It was that moment that started my journey in the most amazing experience of my life.
2.) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.
Ambitious, empathic, and curious.
3.) What kind of food would you be? Why?
An onion because that’s the first thing my mother said and I’m still a little hurt.
4.) What's your favorite quote?
“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”
~Arnold H. Glasow