Women’s Work Counts: Feminist Arguments for Human Rights at Work

Author(s): 
Radhika Desai

The feminist and human rights approaches discussed in Women’s Work Counts: Feminist Arguments for Human Rights at Work advocate for a radical rethinking of work that begins with women’s experience of work in their lives. The paper calls upon the need for identification of assumptions and values that are not respectful or sensitive to women’s experience and needs of work, the examination of gender biases and inequalities that are present in institutions, structures, and actors that are critical to the operationalisation and achievement of rights, the dismantling of the apparatus that supports the gender unequal/discriminatory operationalisation of the rights including policies, institutions, systems and structures and practices that propagate these inequality. It brings to the fore critical issues that need to be addressed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in order for the achievement of substantive equality and realisation of women’s right to work and their right to just and favourable conditions of work.

Read the complete paper, published by the Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), here.