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1 Jun 2020

Women's Human Rights & Business: What ASEAN governments and businesses can do to support gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workplace

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In this briefing, we focus on six priority issues affecting ASEAN women workers:

1. Sexual harassment and violence against women;
2. Discrimination;
3. Concentration of unpaid care work on women and girls;
4. Absence or invisibility of women in agriculture value chains;
5. Lack or absence of property rights
6. Difficulty in accessing state and non-state remedy mechanisms when their rights are violated.

Recommendations for governments and businesses (excerpts):

  • align policies with relevant international standards;
  • commit to zero-tolerance against discrimination and guarantee equal pay for equal work;
  • invesment in accessissible infrastructure that provides for quality care services;
  • enact gender-sensitive human rights due diligence policies that put economic value on the contribution of women at work;
  • allow women to own property and to participate in decision-making processes that affect their properties;
  • ensure that government and company remedies to violations of women's rights empower women to seek effective action that effectively address the root of the violations.

Read the full briefing here.