Meet your Director, Cayleigh O’Connell!

Cayleigh is a junior studying political science and French at UConn. Prior to this conference, she served as the director for UNICEF, and before that, the assistant director for UNICEF. This is now her third year and she is again a director, this time for UNHRC. Outside of UCMUN she enjoys going to the gym, reading, hiking, snowboarding, watching movies, and traveling. As the director of UNHRC you can contact her at cayleigh.o'connell@uconn.edu with any questions.


Meet your Topic Specialist, Jackson Adams!

Jackson Adams-Pickles is a senior pursuing a degree in English and communication. Last year, he worked as an admin for UNEP. In addition to his involvement in Model United Nations, he is also a member of UCTV and works on TV skits and student films. In his free time, Jackson likes to play video games, go on food adventures with his friends, and take care of his plants. He is excited to work more directly with the delegates at this year’s conference and encourages them to ask him questions at jackson.adams@uconn.edu!


Topic A: Workers’ Rights Violations

Throughout history, there has been a struggle to gain workers’ rights across the globe. Numerous social policies have been introduced to combat workers’ rights violations. These policies have improved working conditions, raised pay, given equal treatment to all employees, banned child labor, and more. In 1919, the International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, was established to ensure the protection of workers’ rights and create and uphold labor standards across the world (ilo.org). Today, there are still strides to be made to give equal treatment to all genders, peoples with disabilities, proper living wages, and work leave for new parents (ilo.org). There have been countless strikes by unions demanding that their rights are recognized by their bosses. The UNHRC fights to protect their rights as workers, as when those are violated, so are their human rights.

Topic B: Human Rights Violations Against Transgender People

The LGBT community has had their human rights taken from them in the past, and today they are still restricted by many. Specifically, there is a great deal of gender-based discrimination, and transgender people are a main target of intolerance. This affects their daily lives, from their work, to their social interactions, to - in some cases - their being forced from home. In some countries, transgender individuals are forced to be sterilized and/or get reassignment surgery to have their gender recognized (unfe.org). The United Nations has created a campaign called “United Nations Free & Equal” to promote accepting and embracing the LGBT community and rejecting homophobia, transphobia and discrimination (unfe.org). With all of the challenges these individuals face, they have their human rights challenged (even restricted in some cases), so the UNHRC stands with their community and actively works toward ensuring that they are given the same opportunities and rights as the rest of the world.