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Land Intensive Corporate Activity: The Impact on Women's Rights

Author: CORE & Womankind Worldwide, Published on: 1 December 2017

This briefing is an adapted summary of research undertaken by...the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex.

...[T]here is a high risk that gender-specific human rights impacts will not be identified or remedied, unless explicitly included in government and corporate policies and human rights due diligence [HRDD] processes.

…[Women] bear a disproportionate share of the social, economic, and environmental risks and costs associated with land intensive industries...

…Where views are divergent between men and women, consent must be obtained in a manner not discriminatory to any group or overtly in favour of any group… [S]pecific efforts must be made to ensure FPIC [free, prior and informed consent] is meaningful for women.

...Businesses need to develop gender-responsive HRDD [that will] identify, account for, mitigate, prevent and repair…gender-specific human rights impacts and risks that corporations may cause or contribute to through their activities, or which may be directly linked to their operations, products or services.

…[T]he UNGPs [UN Guiding Principles]…[is missing] a specific gender perspective, meaning there is no substantive discussion of how to remedy specific violations of women’s rights. It is advised that each Principle regarding remedy is assessed according to its impacts on women…

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