Collective Work

  1. Introduction

The decades-long armed conflict in Colombia has resulted in numerous deaths, injuries, and broader trauma and irreversible alteration of the fabric of Colombian society. One of the most affected populations...

From 12-16 June, 30 ESCR-Net members from over 15 countries gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina for our third Systemic Critique workshop entitled, Centering Care, Advancing Debt Justice.  The Systemic Critique Project is a political education initiative within the Network where we are able to create a dedicated space for critical learning and discussions relating to the dominant neoliberal capitalist  economic system, with the aim of advancing alternative visions for the future in order to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.

Recognizing the impact of unsustainable debt on women and prioritizing care to achieve debt justice is essential. This means providing social protections and support for marginalized and impoverished communities, including domestic workers, and enforcing labor laws.

Today, on May 1st, International Workers' Day, feminists, indigenous women, human rights defenders, community and grassroots leaders from diverse regions unite to call for global recognition of care work as central to the sustainability of life and a fundamental human right. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the centrality of care for life, for the preservation of the planet, and for the functioning of economies and societies. However, the pandemic has deepened the gaps in the distribution of care and placed an even greater burden on women and girls, leading to a crisis in the global care economy. We urge governments to advance transformative care policies that address the structural injustices underlying the undervaluation of paid and unpaid care work, and to develop comprehensive care systems that redistribute time, unequal power relations, and resources. A comprehensive care system is a human right

We marked International Women´s Day and Women´s History Month with a global call for an all-agreed fair Social Pact on Care. We started advocating for this 3 years ago when Covid-19 exacerbated the global care crisis. Since then our members have continued to multiply our actions to highlight the need to put care at the center of the political agendas globally.

From 24 - 28 October, a delegation of ESCR-Net members attended the 8th session of the negotiations for a Legally Binding Instrument on business and human rights (OIGWG). Alongside allies, members advocated for an instrument to regulate corporate power, and also against corporate capture of the treaty process and of the UN more generally.

A space for collective learning, participation and diverse and regional organization: this was the Feminist Forum of the XV Regional Conference on Women held at the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos (Ex ESMA) on November 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Women human rights defenders in all their diversity (WHRDs) are often at the forefront of struggles for human rights, social justice, and the environment, and are, as a result, frequently targeted. The threats and attacks directed at WHRDs are often gendered and reflect patriarchal norms...

Over the past two years, dozens of ESCR-Net members engaged in cross-network discussions to develop the analytical report “Building sustainable peace. Transforming conflict-affected situations for women.” The report argues that in dealing with conflict-affected situations, it is vital to adopt an intersectional feminist approach via a human rights framework, and provides seven lessons and principles to guide the work in the field.

This past November, members of the Women and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (WESCR) Working Group and the Strategic Litigation Working Group (SLWG) gathered for a workshop co-hosted with Hakijamii to...

As the pandemic and escalating climate crisis has exacerbated inequalities and reminded us of the centrality of care in our societies, ESCR-Net held a CSW66* parallel event entitled “Centering Care In a Feminist Intersectional Approach to Loss and Damage” (24 March 2022). During the event, women's rights advocates and feminist activists from across regions reflected on advancing action to ensure the rapid, equitable, ecologically sustainable, and just transition away from fossil fuels to a zero-carbon, regenerative care-based society focused on the well-being of people and the planet.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown why a social pact on care is urgent to end the structural inequalities and the growing feminization of poverty in Latin America, which according to the the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) would would affect 118 million women in 2021, 23 million more than in 2019.