For economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) to have transformative potential in women’s lives, they must be fully implemented and reflect women’s lived, diverse experiences. The Women and ESCR Working Group of ESCR-Net is working collectively to ensure women’s experiences and analyses are at the center of domestic and international advocacy, policy-making and legal developments related to human rights.
AIMS OF OUR WORK
- Strengthen legal recognition and implementation of women’s ESCR as a key strategy in increasing women’s equality and reducing poverty.
- Create new knowledge, innovative arguments, and effective advocacy strategies and practices that support the internal capacity of national, regional and international groups to claim and seek meaningful implementation of women’s ESCR.
- Build a cohesive network of women’s rights/ESC rights groups and individuals to amplify and strengthen collective advocacy and movement building in relation to women’s ESCR.
THEORY OF CHANGE
The Women and ESCR Working Group aims to facilitate a more effective global environment for advocacy on women’s ESCR. In particular, the working group has focused on harmonization and clarification of international obligations on women’s ESCR, which has manifested in dialogues and briefings with UN treaty bodies and other international bodies. Convinced of the importance of a broad-based movement to secure the full and equal realization of ESCR for all people, working group members are developing capacity-sharing workshops based on member experience and resources developed by the group to ensure that women around the world are able to effectively advocate on their own behalf.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK
The Women and ESCR Working Group and its members have become central actors in the promotion and recognition of women’s ESCR at the international level. The working group has built a consultative and institutional relationship with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other institutions. In addition, through a series of briefings on women’s ESCR with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR-Net has built a reputation for its range of regional experiences and depth of knowledge related to these issues. Members in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America have provided leadership in training for advocates and lawyers on how to effectively litigate women’s ESCR at different levels.
WHO IS INVOLVED
Arab NGO Network for Development, Lebanon
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development – APWLD, International
ASOCIACIÓN Q’UKUMATZ, Guatemala
Avocats sans Frontières, Belgium- International
Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, Bulgaria
Canada Without Poverty/Canada Sans Pauvreté, Canada
Center for Reproductive Rights , USA -International
Center for Women’s Global Leadership, USA
Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, Zimbabwe
Cladem, Regional – LAC
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Egypt
Equis Justicia para las Mujeres, Mexico
Femmes Côte d’Ivoire Expérience FCIEX, Cote d’Ivoire
FIAN, Germany- International
FIDA Kenya, Kenya
Global Initiative for ESCR, USA -International
Health Rights of Women and Children Program
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Harvard University, USA
Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir, Mexico
International Commission of Jurists ICJ, Switzerland-International
IWRAW-Asia Pacific, Malaysia- International
Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre, Nigeria
Kenya Human Rights Coalition, Kenya
Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit), Puerto Rico
Legal Resource Centre, South Africa
National Union Of Domestic Employees, Trinidad and Tobago
The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, Egypt
Alison Aggarwal, Individual member , Australia
Lisa Pusey, Individual member , Australia
Patricia Ramírez, Individual member , Colombia
Mme Touré Yaba Tamboura- Conseillère pédagogique au CNE/MEN, Individual member, Mali
We welcome you to join the Women and ESCR Listserve by sending an email to ESCR-FEMfirstname.lastname@example.org. (There is also a parallel discussion group in Spanish, which you are welcome to join by sending an email to DESC-MUJER@yahoogroups.com.) We encourage you to use these lists actively to share information, requests for solidarity, or possibilities for collective work.
For more information on how to get involved in the projects listed above, contact Graciela Dede (email@example.com).
For More Information about current Activities and Actions by this group, click here.
For Resources on Women and ESCR, click here.
Graciela Dede (ESCR-Net Secretariat)