Hi! I’m Lizzy Parry, I’m a junior at John Jay High School and I have been involved in Model UN for two years. Along with doing Model UN, I also love to play field hockey, write, and cook. I’m very interested in the SOCHUM topics because freedom of the media in developing countries, and women in armed conflict are very prevalent issues in the world today, and appear frequently on the news and in social media. I’m very excited to chair SOCHUM in November and hear everyone’s interesting views and ideas. See you then!
Topic B: Women and Armed Conflict
Armed conflict is becoming increasingly common, as seen in the world’s recent history, leaving calamitous outcomes that lead to devastated communities and overpowered justice systems. Warfare and combat causes anguish for all human beings that are impacted, but women are especially vulnerable to this violence. The severe human right violations committed toward women are often overlooked and include sexual violence, abductions, trauma, debilitation, limited access to education and healthcare, marginalization from society, and economic troubles. Women that are subjected to sexual violence become pariahs of society and are rejected by their communities which leads them to feel impoverished and humiliated. Armed conflict is a gender-based problem where women endure different and disproportionate effects. Moral boundaries are crossed and there have been several violations in recent conflicts in the world. The violations hinder women from living freely and enjoying their rights, cause damage to them, their families, their friends and their communities. SOCHUM will work together to tackle these issues and to create a resolution that unites the global community in calling all parties to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence. SOCHUM will also determine the view of each country and work towards a solution that will ensure the safety of women and provide them with the resources that are necessary to have in areas of conflict.