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Bringing a gender lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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In light of the unique and disproportionate ways that business-related human rights abuses are experienced by women and girls, in 2017 the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Working Group) launched a project considering the gender dimension of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

This project included regional consultations including a consultation in Australia hosted by the Commission with the Australian Human Rights Institute and RMIT University in Sydney on 14-15 November 2018.

The UNGPs were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, and provide a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human impacts linked to business activity. 

And summary of the outcomes of the Australia consultation submitted to the Working Group in 2019 can be found here.

The Working Group’s final report on the Gender Dimension of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was presented to the UN Human Rights Council on 26 June 2019 and can be found here.