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Women and ESCR


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.  


  • 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.  


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.


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. 


Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Lebanon

Asia Pacific Women in Law and Development, Thailand

Association of Women’s Rights in Development, Global

Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, Bulgaria

Center for Reproductive Rights, US

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, Canada

CLADEM, Latin America Regional

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Egypt

Equis: Justicia para Mujeres, México

Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kenya

Global Initiative for ESCR, US

IWRAW-Asia Pacific, Malaysia

KARAT Coalition, Poland/Eastern and Central Europe

Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora, Latin America Regional

Women’s Legal Centre, South Africa

Alison Aggarwal, Independent Member, Australia

Graciela Dede Delfino, Independent Consultant, Uruguay

Lisa Pusey, Independent member, Australia

Patricia Ramirez, Independent Member, Colombia



We welcome you to join the Women and ESCR Listserve by sending an email to ESCR-FEM-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. (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 (wescr@escr-net.org). 


For More Information about current Activities and Actions by this group, click here.

For Resources on Women and ESCR, click here.

Moderators, Coordinators, Steering Cmte. Members: 

Graciela Dede (ESCR-Net Secretariat)