ILO/ Thierry Falise
The upcoming launch at the 41st session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ report on ‘Gender Guidance to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ marks a turning point for the integration of the human rights of women and girls within the business and human rights agenda.
Comprising a gender framework and guidance to demonstrate how a gender perspective can be applied across all three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles, the report presents a basis upon which states, businesses and other actors can take concrete actions to implement the UN Guiding Principles through gender-responsive assessment, gender-transformative measures and gender-transformative remedies.
In this interactive panel discussion co-organized with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and with the support of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, representatives from states, businesses and civil society will share their views and responses on the Working Group’s Gender Framework and Guidance, focusing in particular on the opportunities the guidance presents for developing measures to mainstream the human rights of women and girls and a gender perspective into the UN Guiding Principles.
Panelists will address key questions such as: How can states ensure greater attention to the human rights of women and girls in developing and implementing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights?; What are some of the key challenges to businesses integrating a gender-responsive approach to human rights due diligence and how could these be addressed?; What steps should states, businesses, civil society and other actors take to address the additional barriers to access to remedy faced by many women and girls?
In so doing, panelists will draw on their experiences to share existing good practices, as well as innovative ideas for future actions to ensure that the Guidance informs concrete activities to embed a women's rights and gender perspective within the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.
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Last week, at our annual seminar held in the context of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on the use of force, participants discussed human rights challenges related to the use of less-lethal weapons and the development of new international standards.
Sandra Pointet/Geneva Academy
The Geneva Academy is selected as a leading school in LLM Guide’s recently published list of Top 10 LLM Programmes in Human Rights Law, along with other prestigious academic institutions like Columbia University, Leiden University, Georgetown University Law Center or the University of Essex.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, will reflect on the current human rights challenges and how to move the human rights agenda forward.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
Sandra Pointet / Geneva Academy
The digital age offers unique opportunities to strengthen human rights implementation and monitoring and has transformed the means through which human rights are exercised. Equally, the digital age poses unique challenges in ensuring that states and businesses respect and protect our rights in the digital forum. The full extent of the human rights implications of the digital age remain unknown.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.