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Monday, November 29 • 10:25am - 11:40am
Gender mainstreaming in the business and human rights field

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Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish

Brief description of the session:
In June 2019, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights issued Gender Guidance for the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (A/HRC/41/43) to assist States, businesses and other actors in integrating a gender perspective in implementing the UNGPs. The Gender Guidance complements the Standards of Conduct for Business: Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex People issued by the OHCHR in September 2017. On 25 June 2021, the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention 2019 came into force. Despite these standards, men and women (including boys and girls) as well as non-binary people continue to face multiple forms of intersectional discrimination, exclusion and violence in all spheres of life.

This session aims to bring together representatives of various stakeholders to discuss strategies on mainstreaming an intersectional gender perspective across all issues in the business and human rights field, such as access to remedy, care work, climate change, conflicts, corporate leaderships, corruption, COVID-19, disability, discrimination, free prior and informed consent, gender-based violence, gender pay gap, human rights defenders, human rights due diligence, human trafficking, inequality, LGBTI+ rights, modern slavery, national action plans, new technologies, public procurement, racism, sexual harassment, supply chains, sustainable development, tax evasion, and trade and investment agreements. This discussion will also contribute to integrating a gender perspective as a cross-cutting issue in operationalising the Working Group’s “roadmap” for implementation in the next decade as part of the UNGPs 10+ project and in turn achieving substantial gender equality.

Key objectives of the session:
The session aims to:
  • Highlight the importance of gender mainstreaming in the business and human rights field;
  • Explore strategies and tools needed to integrate an intersectional gender perspective in all policies, programmes and decisions of international organisations, governments, business enterprises, civil society organisations and other actors.
  • Discuss gender-responsive measures as part of “building back better” to overcome disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls, women and LGBTI+ people.   

Key discussion questions:
  • How to integrate an intersectional gender approach in all business and human rights issues?
  • What is the role of various actors such as States, national human rights institutions, businesses, industry associations, trade unions, civil society organisations, human rights defenders, academia, lawyers, and women organisations in gender mainstreaming? 
  • How to avoid risks of adopting a siloed or tick-box approach to gender in the business and human rights field?
  • How to ensure an active participation of women, girls and LGBTI+ people in decision making processes and strategies aimed at building back better and contributing to achieving substantive gender equality?  

Background documents and relevant links:
  • Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

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Surya Deva

member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is a Professor at the Macquarie Law School, University of Macquarie, Sydney. He researches in the areas of business and human rights, India-China constitutional law, international human rights law, and sustainable development. Deva has published extensively in these... Read More →

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Allana Kembabazi

Program Manager, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights
Ms. Allana Kembabazi is an expert on social economic rights and passionate about pro poor economic growth and development in Uganda. She is a Program Manager with  the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), which uses research, advocacy, targeted litigation and community... Read More →
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Fernanda Hopenhaym

Presidenta del Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre empresas y derechos humanos., Grupo de trabajo sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos
Sra. Fernanda Hopenhaym es codirectora ejecutiva del Proyecto de Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación (PODER), una organización de América Latina dedicada a la responsabilidad empresarial. Durante veinte años, la Sra. Hopenhaym ha trabajado en la justicia económica... Read More →
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Tamara Mawhinney

Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva, Permanent Mission of Canada to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva
(BA Honours [History and Literature], Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1987; Certificat d'Études Politiques [European politics and Law], Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris, 1998; Bachelor of Laws, University of Toronto, 1991; Diplôme d'administration publique [French and... Read More →
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Demet Ikiler

Vice President, Global Compact Network TurkeyCo-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, Global Compact Network TurkeyGroupM EMEA CEOCountry Manager, WPP TurkeyDemet Ikiler joined WPP group in 2000 to build Mindshare in Turkey. The agency experienced organic business growth over... Read More →
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Debbie Stothard

Coordinator/Founder, ALTSEAN
Grassroots-centered initiatives, youth activism. Women's leadership, atrocity prevention, BHR.
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Nora Götzmann

Chief Adviser, Danish Institute for Human Rights
I am Chief Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, focusing on business and human rights. I am also Adjunct Researcher at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. I have 10+ years experience... Read More →

Monday November 29, 2021 10:25am - 11:40am CET
Virtual Plenary room