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Monday, November 25 • 15:00 - 16:20
Gender Guidance for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: From Paper to Practice

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Interpretation provided in English, French and Spanish

Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights


Women and girls experience adverse impacts of business activities differently and disproportionately. They may also face additional barriers in seeking access to effective remedies. Moreover, because of intersecting and multiple forms of discrimination, different women and girls may be affected differently by business activities in view of their age, colour, caste, class, ethnicity, religion, language, literacy, access to economic resources, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, residence in a rural location, and migration, indigenous or minority status. Therefore, measures taken by states and businesses to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in the form of laws, regulations, policies, plans, practices and decisions must be responsive to gender-differentiated impacts of business activities.
In line with its explicit mandate to integrate a gender perspective throughout its work (A/HRC/RES/17/4), the Working Group in 2017 launched a ‘gender lens to the UNGPs’ project. Building on exiting standards and drawing insights from regional consultations as well as received submissions, the Working Group in its June 2019 report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/41/43) provided guidance to states and businesses on integrating a gender perspective in implementing the UNGPs. In this report, the Working Group proposes a three-step gender framework (i.e., gender-responsive assessment, gender-transformative measures and gender-transformative remedies) and uses the framework to develop gender guidance specific to each of the 31 principles of the UNGPs.
This session seeks to invite diverse stakeholders to showcase, and brainstorm collectively, ways to implement the gender guidance for the UNGPs developed by the Working Group.


The session aims to:
  1. showcase how states, UN agencies, businesses, trade unions and civil society organisations could implement the gender guidance to the UNGPs in concrete terms;
  2. explore connection of the gender guidance to other regulatory initiatives at the corporate, national, regional or international level;
  3. identify not only ways to disseminate and implement the gender guidance but also the need for any further development of standards; and
  4. foster collaboration among different stakeholders to promote substantive gender equality in the business and human rights field.
    The session will be organised like a ‘gender council’. It will begin with the moderator briefly introducing the gender framework and gender guidance for the UNGPs. This will be followed by selected delegates representing different stakeholders sharing concrete examples of how the gender guidance for the UNGPs could be (or have been) implemented. Each delegate will have max 3 mins to make one’s statement (like in the Human Rights Council). There will be time for moderated open discussion and comments from the floor.
    All delegates will be expected to submit beforehand a written copy of their statements for posting on the Working Group’s website.

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Surya Deva

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Sara Seck

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
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Anant Ahuja

Head Organizational Development, Shahi
Anant leads the Organizational Development (O.D.) department at Shahi Exports. Established in 1974 by Sarla Ahuja, a seamstress herself, Shahi has grown to become India's largest apparel manufacturers, operating 60+ factories with a workforce of 100,000, a majority being women. The... Read More →
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Neel Gammelgård

Private Sector Advisor, Danish Family Planning Association
Neel Gammelgård heads DFPA’s private sector programme in Kenya and the international strategy for private sector partnerships. She has 15 years’ experience within Sustainability, CSR and SDG Partnerships – focusing on the social side and on establishing a clear business-case... Read More →
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Sunila Awasthi

Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
Sunila Awasthi is a senior partner at AZB & Partners, India's foremost law firm. She qualified as a lawyer from Delhi University in 1992 and took a Masters in Law degree from University of Queensland, Australia in the year 2000. Starting her career in the economic liberalization era... Read More →

Meinrad Bürer

Head of Research, Responsible Mining Foundation
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Francesca Manta

Human Rights Manager, BSR
Over the last ten years, Francesca has held various CSR roles supporting corporates to implement human rights, sustainability, and responsible supply chains programs and strategies. With a background in international development, she started her career at the Danish Institute for... Read More →

Norka Yaneth Pareja Ortiz

Wayuu indigenous woman - Ipuana Clan, Inidgenous woman
Norka Janeth Pareja Ortiz, Wayuu Indigenous Woman, Wayuu indigenous woman, from the Ipuana clan. She is a member of Force of Wayuu Women since 2015. She has been working on the issue of human rights, women's rights, territorial rights, application of the gender approach in local research... Read More →
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Gina Lea Barbieri

Advisor Omdusman/Mediation and dispute resolution, Compliance Advisor Ombudsam/World Bank
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Sorcha MacLeod

Member of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries/ Associate Professor - University of Copenhagen, UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries
Marie Curie Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law and member of the UN Working Group on the use of Mercenaries. Talk to me about: PMSCs, private security, MSI, regulation, gender, LGBTI, migrants... Read More →

Berangere Magarinos- Ruchat

Global Head of Sustainability, Firmenich
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Harpreet Kaur

Business and Human Rights Specialist
Harpreet Kaur is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to this Harpreet lead the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University in India, where she steered the agenda on ‘Women, Workplace... Read More →

Monday November 25, 2019 15:00 - 16:20
Room XX