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2 Jun 2020


Women, Business and Human Rights

Human rights impacts stemming from business activities have a disproportionate effect on women and girls, who take the burden of negative socio-economic impacts alongside limited employment security, reduced guarantees of equal pay for equal work and a lack of tangible benefits. Non-discrimination and gender equality are core human rights principles, however, business activities and operations have often been indifferent to women’s rights and women's empowerment. Recent growth of the female labour force across textile and garment industries, among others, has not been wholly coupled with an awareness of exploitation that female workers face. Rather, business approaches to gender equality often sideline human rights, particularly in developing countries, precisely because these activities are seen to benefit from women’s subordinate position. However, women and girls’ full economic empowerment can contribute hugely to both business and society. Marking Women’s History Month, this blog series looks to explore why women’s rights are inseparable from business and human rights. What has changed for women’s human rights and business? Why are feminists pushing for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights? Why should corporations share gender-segregated pay information? We collected these contributions during Women's History Month in March 2018.

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