Women and ESCR Working Group launches briefing papers on land, work and health

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Women and ESCR Working Group launched revised briefing papers on Land, Health and Work at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), via an event on advancing women’s human rights and substantive equality in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event was attended by over 100 women’s rights advocates, as well as representatives of governments and UN agencies, and included opening remarks from Ambassador Kai Sauer of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations.  The ESCR-Net Women and ESCR-Net Working Group was represented by Ximena Andión Ibáñez (Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir), Mayra Gomez (Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), Charlene May (Legal Resources Centre) and Rebecca Brown (Center for Reproductive Rights). The panel also included comments from Mr. Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. The event is available to watch here

These papers were prepared for, and informed by, the Working Group’s consultation with members of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Committee on ESCR on ‘Women and economic, social and cultural rights: current challenges and opportunities for advancement,’ held in Geneva, on 7 November 2015.

ESCR-Net’s Women and ESCR Working Group briefing paper series focuses on the intersection between women and specific economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) issues. The papers present specific and systemic challenges to the realization of women’s ESCR in practice and explore progressive approaches to the application of a substantive equality perspective. The papers draw primarily upon ESCR-Net members’ work in different areas, and are further informed by and enhanced through dialogue with other experts in this field.

The Briefing Papers are available to download here:

The Briefing Papers are also available in Spanish