Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee SOCHUM
- Topic A: Access to Women’s Healthcare
- Topic B: Mass Incarceration
TOPIC A Access to Women’s Healthcare
TOPIC B Mass Incarceration
DELEGATION SIZE Double
- Anna Falcone (she/her)
- Kat Mokedi (she/they)
The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. This committee is tasked with looking at issues relating to social and humanitarian issues, as well as human rights. In this committee, delegates will be tasked with looking at two critically important issues that affect many around the world today. Topic A is Access to Women’s Healthcare, where delegates will be asked to look at the issues worldwide around providing accessible and affordable healthcare for women. Topic B is Mass Incarceration, which will make delegates consider how we can ensure that prisoners are treated humanely and given basic human rights.
Topic A: Access to Women’s Healthcare
Over the past few years, the world has not prioritized women’s healthcare in the ways that it should. There is a lack of monetary investment into research and resources that could work to treat diseases and healthcare issues specific to women. These issues span from period poverty and lack of access to menstrual hygiene products to better support for general reproductive health and ways to fight maternal mortality. We want to ask delegates to look specifically at ways in which the world can expand access to women’s healthcare and make it a global priority.
Topic B: Mass Incarceration
In systems of Mass Incarceration, there is a lack of focus on how to reform prisons and those incarcerated within them. Incarcerated individuals are frequently subject to mistreatment in the form of solitary confinement or convicted without due process. Additionally, delegates should consider the severe effects of mass incarceration not just on the ability of the incarcerated to reintegrate into society post incarceration, but also its effects on the family and community of the incarcerated. Delegates will be challenged to look at this issue from multiple perspectives as they consider how to reform prisons as an institution and address the wide ranging socioeconomic effects of Mass Incarceration.