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The Gender Lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | A Multistakeholder Asia Consultation | 20-21 February | Unpack what it means to apply a gender lens to all three pillars of the UNGPs | Encourage States to adopt a gender lens in their National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs | Explore how businesses can integrate a gender perspective into their policies, processes and operations (including in supply chains) | Discuss business-related human rights issues specific to women and their rights in Asia |Initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue to explore ways to empower women who are at risk or have been adversely affected by business-related human rights abuses | Encourage peer-learning amongst governments, initiating regional exchange of good practices | Discuss efforts of national human rights institutions to collaborate and address gender-related human rights abuses in the context of business operations |Identify elements of the guidance to be developed by the Working Group in assisting both States and business enterprises to “protect, respect and remedy” the rights of women.

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Opening Plenary – Key Highlights

The moderator, Ms. Kaur, highlighted how discrimination against women starts at birth and continues into adulthood. Indeed, women’s rights are violated daily. She voiced her hope for a world where gender equality is the norm. Ms. Stothard raised the stories of women... Readmore

Session 4: Women’s experiences of accessing remedies and defending rights

The third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights sets out the role that both States and companies have to play in ensuring that victims of business-related human rights abuses have access to effective remedy . The relevance... Readmore

Session 3: Moving from discrimination and exclusion to empowerment and inclusion: Integrating a gender perspective in National Action Plans and the role of States

Human Rights, as enshrined by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, are universal, inalienable and applicable to all human beings. While the Declaration affirmed equality between men and women, discrimination against women continues to persist several decades after the adoption of... Readmore

Session 2: Corporate responsibility to respect rights of women workers: Integrating a gender perspective to human rights due diligence

The business benefits of protecting women’s rights and giving them the skills to progress are not unknown. However, ‘knowing makes no difference’ as very few businesses are taking real action to harness the potential that women workers in their supply chains. They... Readmore

Session 1: Intersectionality of discrimination against women: role of states, businesses and civil society

The risks and impact of businesses on women’s rights is rooted in social norms, and interlocked system of power based on gender, class, race, caste, ethnicity, religion etc. Discrimination against women often starts at birth, gender lines are drawn early, and exclusions... Readmore

To steer the global thinking on ‘Women, Workplace & Rights’ and to design cutting edge programmes that enable millions of women to lead with equality and dignity.

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