A Multistakeholder Asia Consultation

The Gender Lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

20-21 February, 2018

Convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Hosted by

Genpact Center for Women's Leadership,
Ashoka University, Sonepat, India

Supported by

UNDP Asia-Pacific
UN Women

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About the Consultation

A multi-stakeholder Asia Consultation: the Gender Lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG) and hosted by the Genpact Centre for Women’s leadership in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific and UN Women. The consultation took place on 20-21 February 2018 at Ashoka University’s campus in Sonipat, India.

The consultation discussed issues related to inclusion and meaningful participation of women in boards & beyond, women’s land rights, state’s role in protecting women’s rights, sexual harassment and violence, integrating gender perspective in human rights due diligence and impact assessment, challenges faced by women human right defenders, role of NHRIs and civil society in empowering women, women’s experiences of accessing remedies, and Integrating a gender perspective in National Action Plans in Asia.

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Why the Consultation

Women experience business-related human rights abuses in unique ways and are often affected disproportionately. Therefore, in order to effectively meet their respective human rights duties and responsibilities under the UNGPs, States and business enterprises need to give special attention to the unique experiences of women and the structural discrimination or barriers that they face. It is against this background that the Asia Consultation is being convened as the first in a series of regional consultations as part of the Working Group’s work in integrating a gender perspective in the BHR field.

What we hope to achieve

With an end goal to develop guidance to assist States and businesses enterprises to “protect, respect and remedy” the rights of women under the UNGPs, the consultation aims at unpacking what it means to apply a gender lens to all the three pillars of the UNGPs. At the same time, the Consultation aims at initiating 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; explore how businesses can integrate a gender perspective into their policies, processes and operations; and encourage States to adopt a gender lens in their National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs.

Day 1 : Feb 20, 2018

Day 2 : Feb 21, 2018

Registration

09:30 AM

10:00 AM

Session 4
Women’s experiences of accessing remedies
and defending rights
Part 1: Introducing sub-themes for discussion

12:00 PM

Session 4
Women’s experiences of accessing remedies
and defending rights
Part 3: Re-grouping and sharing

Lunch

13:00 PM

Lunch

Tea Break

15:30 PM

Tea Break

Networking and Dinner

18:30 PM onwards

Day 1 : Feb 20, 2018

09:30 AM

Registration

13:00 PM

Lunch

15:30 PM

Tea Break

18:30 PM onwards

Networking and Dinner

Day 2 : Feb 21, 2018

10:00 AM

Session 4
Women’s experiences of accessing remedies
and defending rights
Part 1: Introducing sub-themes for discussion

10:30 AM

Session 4
Women’s experiences of accessing remedies and defending rights
Part 2: Breakout brainstorming sessions in small groups

12:00 PM

Session 4
Women’s experiences of accessing remedies
and defending rights
Part 3: Re-grouping and sharing

13:00 PM

Lunch

15:30 PM

Tea Break

16:00 PM

Closing Plenary
Embedding Gender in Business and Human Rights: The way forward

Key Speakers