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12 Nov 2015

Sanyu Awori & Dorathy Stanislaus Benjamin, Intl. Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

UN Forum Series Blog: Advancing women’s human rights: This is progress in business and human rights

[T]he adoption of the UNGPs provided a new opportunity to hold both States and non-State actors, in this case businesses and corporations, accountable by WHR [women’s human rights] activists...[R]egardless of their perceived shortcomings, the UNGPs still represent a guide that (if used creatively by WHR activists) can help in the work that we carry out...One of the reasons why we have decided to work on complementing the UNGPs with CEDAW...was the fact that UNGPs does not really include a gender dimension. While they mention CEDAW, they represent quite a gender-neutral document. This means that the UNGPs fail to understand that a woman’s lived reality – especially if she is from the global south – is multi-faceted and layered...