The Gender Lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Multi-Stakeholder Asia Consultation

20-21 February | Sonipat, India

Convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Working Group), the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership will host Asia Consultation in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific and UN Women.  The consultation will take place on 20-21 February 2018 at Ashoka University’s campus in Sonipat, India.

With an end goal to develop guidance to assist States and businesses enterprises to “protect, respect and remedy” the rights of women under the UNGPs, the consultation aims at unpacking what it means to apply a gender lens to all the three pillars of the UNGPs. At the same time, the Consultation aims at initiating a multi-stakeholder dialogue to explore ways to empower women who are at risk or have been adversely affected by business-related human rights abuses; explore how businesses can integrate a gender perspective into their policies, processes and operations; and encourage States to adopt a gender lens in their National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs.

The Consultation will highlight the structural, legal and socio-cultural barriers that aids gender-based discrimination. Designed using interactive and participatory techniques, the consultation will discuss issues related to representation, inclusion and meaningful participation of women in corporate boards and beyond, women workers in supply chains and in informal sector, freedom of association and collective bargaining, women’s land rights, sexual and reproductive rights of women, sexual harassment and violence, gender pay gap, gender responsive procurement, gendered analysis of tax evasion/avoidance and climate change, integrating a gender perspective in human rights due diligence and impact assessment, women’s experiences of accessing remedies, challenges faced by women human right defenders, ways to empower women, including through economic participation, role of NHRIs and civil society in empowering women, Gender equality as a Sustainable Development Goal
and Integrating a gender perspective in National Action Plans in Asia.