Les femmes et les DESC

Les femmes et les DESC


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, Lebanon

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development – APWLD, International


Avocats sans Frontières, Belgium- International

AWID, International

Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, Bulgaria

Canada Without Poverty/Canada Sans Pauvreté, Canada

CELS, Argentina

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

Engenderights, Philippines

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

Hakijamii, Kenya

Health Rights of Women and Children Program

François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights

Harvard University, USA

ILSA, Colombia

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

Tlachinollan, Mexico

WLSA, Zambia

Individual Members

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-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)