The business of women's human rights

Author: Amy Lynne Lockler and Kathryn Dovey, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Published on: 1 January 2014

International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (“IWRAW-AP”) held a Consultation on Migration/Trafficking: Exploring Engagement with Non-state Actors using the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international standards and tools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 3-5, 2012 (“Consultation”)...During the Consultation, participants explored ways in which women’s rights activists could engage with non-state business actors to eliminate discrimination against women and protect their rights, specifically in the context of migration and trafficking. The participants also identified the need for basic guidance on using Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW”), informed by the United Nations (“UN”) “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Guiding Principles”), in collaboration with non-state business actors. This Paper for Promoting Women’s Rights in Southeast Asia (“Paper”) is designed to respond to that need.

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