Gender Dimensions of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights




Gender Dimensions of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

November 22, 2019

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which were unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Council in June 2011, are the global authoritative standards to prevent, mitigate and remediate business-related adverse human rights impacts.

It is widely documented that women and girls experience adverse impacts of business activities differently and often disproportionately. They 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. It is, therefore, critical that measures taken by States and business enterprises to implement the UNGPs are gender responsive.

The booklet is part of the collective efforts of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises and UNDP to widely disseminate the gender guidance for UNGPs. It includes each principle of the UNGPs alongside the gender guidance and illustrative actions. It aims for better integration of a gender perspective in the business and human rights field by all relevant stakeholders.