NGOs call on UN to consider gender as a fundamental aspect of proposed treaty on business & human rights

Author: Dr Marianna Leite, ChristianAid, Published on: 5 June 2019

"It’s time for the UN to put gender justice in business into action", 3 Jun 2019

It has been four years since Berta Cáceres was murdered in Honduras. A feminist environmental activist, she was targeted for relentlessly fighting against negative corporate practices and their effects on indigenous rights, women’s lives and environmental degradation.

Unfortunately, her story is not unique. From Brazil to Zimbabwe, we witness similar trends. For instance, last January, an iron dam burst in the city of Brumadinho, Brazil, killing almost 300 people and leaving thousands of families, mostly women-led, vulnerable. Two months after the disaster, Dilma Ferreira Silva was murdered after being vocal about the horrendous human rights violations perpetrated by multinationals operating dams in Brazil...

The UN Gender Guidance on Business and Human Rights: a call for deeper action

In 2017, the United Nations issued a call for a multi-stakeholder consultation on how to apply a gender lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The call aimed to develop guidance to give practical recommendations to states and business enterprises for what it means to protect, respect and remedy the rights of women in a business context. It also aimed to bring together those working in this field to explore ways to empower women who are at risk or have been adversely affected by business-related human rights abuses...

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