Gender dimensions of business and human rights

BHRRC & the Danish Institute for Human Rights

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Land grabs in Haiti sow climate vulnerability and violence against women

By: María Alejandra Torres García
Español | Kreyòl

Land grabs in Haiti cause women to further suffer violations of environmental and women’s rights and exacerbate climate vulnerability.

Public procurement as a tool to realize gender equality

By: Daniel Morris

We need to collect more and better data and explore how gender equality is engaged at different stages of the procurement cycle.

The frontline communities resisting destructive development agendas in Madagascar

By: Volahery Andriamanantenasoa & Maggie Mapondera

This women-led movement in Madagascar is resisting extractive development projects on the island, in exchange for alternatives that respect the land and the indigenous ...

From hardship to hope: women migrant workers in the Indian ready-made garment industry

By: Archana Shukla Mukherjee & PV Narayanan

In order to provide women migrant workers with a life of dignity, security, and a sense of recognition at their workplaces, the three primary stakeholders of the ...

Why women’s right to health and gender equality should be your business

By: Layanna Martin & Neel Gammelgård

In order to address existing inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic, companies should make a serious effort in reducing the gender pay gap, upholding maternity ...

Changing gender realities in MENA: Fostering social entrepreneurship

By: Melissa Langworthy & Hadeel Qazzaz

Social enterprises help change gender realities in MENA to make them more equal.

Special economic zones in Pakistan undermine women’s human rights

By: Zoha Shahid & Seemal Hameed & Simrah Faruqi

Even though special economic zones promote industrial development, such development comes at the expense of land, labour, and human rights.

The #PayUp Campaign is intensifying, but don’t forget the women workers leading the movement

By: Mayisha Begum

By neglecting the importance of women workers in the Global South as central to systemic change, we risk sustaining a movement focused on the ideals of Northern ...

Business impacts on trans rights demand attention and action

By: Nora Mardirossian

Trans people experience disproportionate rates of violence and socioeconomic exclusion, leading to poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. What is the role ...

Protecting migrant women workers in food supply chains during COVID-19

By: Aintzane Márquez Tejón & Hannah Wilson

Spain is paying little heed to the rights of seasonal workers during the pandemic as long as labour needs are met, and the food supply is maintained—what will spur ...

Workplace sexual harassment in Mexico: towards gender-transformative remedies

By: Paulina Madero Suárez

Can new, non-judicial approaches to gender-based violence and harassment in Mexico effectively supplement judicial avenues?

Creating a feminist alliance for trade justice

By: Aishu Balaji & Diyana Yahaya & Michelle R. Maziwisa

Trade liberalisation is incompatible with women’s human rights and gender equality when corporations exploit women’s cheap labour as a source of comparative advantage.

Twice the work and half the support: COVID-19 and single working mothers

By: Kayla Winarsky Green
Español | Français

How can businesses help to reduce the pandemic’s unequal burden on single mothers?

A feminist vision to address labour exploitation in Ethiopia

By: Sehin Teferra

Ethiopia needs a stand-alone feminist campaign calling for a new vision of job creation that prioritizes dignified work and decent wages for both men and women.

The Case of “Lote Ocho”: Indigenous women hold corporations accountable for violence

By: Andrea Bolaños Vargas & Andrea Suárez Trueba

Indigenous women in Guatemala are using the concept of extraterritorial obligations to hold corporations accountable for violence—and to set important precedents ...

Addressing the gender bias in artificial intelligence and automation

By: Surya Deva
Español | Français

If AI and automation are not developed and applied in a gender-responsive way, they are likely to reproduce and reinforce existing gender stereotypes and discriminatory ...

Can corporations play a role in changing harmful social norms?

By: Cynthia Trigo Paz
Español | Français

A “gender-neutral” approach to human rights due diligence is insufficient, and corporations should take proactive steps towards addressing systemic gender discrimination.

What can national action plans on business and human rights do for women’s rights?

By: Nora Götzmann & Wangui Kimotho
Français | Español

National action plan processes can—and must—do more to contribute to the realisation of women’s rights.

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