The Human Rights Council (HRC)
The question of finding measures to improve the working conditions in the Bangladesh textile industry.
Bangladesh is known as the second-largest clothing exporter worldwide. Their garment sector makes about 80% of the country’s export earnings with its 4.5 million workers. In the global market, where fast-fashion and low-cost demands are dominating big companies, the fast and cheap production is meeting the consumers’ needs.
But at what cost? Recent crises such as the Rana Plaza collapse, known as the deadliest structural failure accident in modern human history, have turned the public eye to the unacceptable working conditions and unrealistic working hours in Bangladesh’s textile industry. Even though it's a much discussed problem and organisations for Human Rights are working towards reforms to meet the compulsory standards, numbers still show that the workers, of which 85% are female, work overtime and are often unpaid. Factory owners and managers often release pregnant women or deny maternity leave; retaliate against workers who join or form unions; force workers to do overtime work or risk losing their job; and turn a blind eye when male managers or workers sexually harass female workers.
This results in serious stress-related illness, contributing to the large health risk besides factory accidents, unsafe environments and workplace abuse.
The textile industry of Bangladesh showcases an extreme example of the effect that the global market and production values have on human rights and should thus be improved to ensure the safety of the workers and those affected.
My name is Lora Draganova and I'm currently attending the 10th grade at the Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium. In my free time I enjoy doing sports, looking at memes and occupying myself with literature.
Because of my pleasant experiences with MUNs as a delegate at last year’s MEP and THIMUN later this month, I’m very excited to be the Chair of the Human Rights Council alongside Eleanor and Carlos. I applied for the position as I strongly believe in it’s importance – after all, how should a society, and particularly the politics, be functional without the rights supporting each and everyone?
I’m looking forward to working together with fellow students, sharing ideas and having interesting debates.
I hope to see you soon!
Carlos van Werde
My Name is Carlos van Werde, I am 17 years old and currently attending the 11th grade at the Hermann-Böse Gymnasium.
I had my first ELMUN experience in 2018, when I was the delegate of the Russian Federation in the former Historic Security Council.
For me, all political simulations are special events, of which no two are ever alike.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all and working together with my Co-presidents, to ensure you have a great time.
See you in March!
I’m Ellie andI will be your Chair of the Human Rights Council for ELMUN 2019, together with Carlos and Lora!
I am currently going to school at United World College Robert Bosch in Freiburg , where I am studying for my IB Diploma.. Although I am originally from Australia and Canada, I lived in Bremen for four years and during this time was very involved at the HBG with the project “HBG Gegen Sklaverei” and several political simulations such as ELMUN, MEP, THIMUN and SPUN.
When I do have some spare time I organize SPUN 2019, where I am the Secretary General, with my good friend and your chair, Carlos, as my Deputy. I hope you all apply for ELMUN as it is an amazing chance to get to know new people, improve your public speaking skills and just have an all round great time (and as an added benefit, Gerke will love you).
I look forward to meeting you!