From Fashion to Human Rights, the Story of Veronique
Verónique Arielle Ehamo, a second year Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy student at SIPA, who interned for the International Criminal Court Public Information and Outreach Section in The Hague, the Netherlands. This was her path.
Verónique was an undergrad student at The State University of New York The Fashion Institute of Technology. While studying abroad in Shanghai, China as an International Trade and Marketing major, she visited several manufacturing companies for luxury and fast fashion brands such as Zara and H&M. “During our visit we were able to speak to some of the employees and witnessed several human rights labor abuses from the utilization of child labor to unfit working conditions”, says Veronique. This made her change from a desired career in the fashion industry to Human Rights and Advocacy.
She started with an internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights. Regarding her experience at SIPA, she says that the Human Rights Humanitarian Policy concentration has not only prepared her for a future in human rights advocacy, but also provided her with a deeper understand in International Human Rights Law and the different judiciary frameworks that have been set.
“Living in the capital of international justice has shaped the way I view the world today” says Veronique. The Hague is also home to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Embassies and NGO’s. “Interning with young like-minded lawyers and diplomats from across the globe created a sense of community even while thousands of miles away from home” remembers Veronique. Thinking about her future, she has decided to continue working in the research field as a PhD student at University of Cambridge next year focusing on social anthropology: gender based violence in sub- Saharan Africa during times of war. This internship at the Criminal Court last summer has shaped her future.
This article was originally published by the Morningside Post.