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Panel I, Developing a gender lens - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
27 Nov 2018 -  Developing a gender lens to business and human rights

Brief description of the session:
Against this background, this session – framed as a “gender roundtable” – will discuss major challenges faced by women in business-related contexts and explore potential solutions as well as good practices to address these challenges. The roundtable will focus on the following five thematic areas:
•Sexual harassment and sexual violence against women
•Gender sensitive human rights due diligence
•Economic inclusion and empowerment of women
•Impact of trade, investment and tax regimes on women
•Women’s experiences of accessing effective remedies and defending rights

To prepare for the gender roundtable, individuals and organizations who had submitted session proposals for the Forum related to gender issues and some other stakeholders have been invited to form a small group on each of the above five themes. Each group is expected to discuss internally and prepare a 2-page brief to inform discussion at the gender roundtable. The briefs will highlight the main challenges faced by women in the five specific thematic situations identified above as well as the potential solutions and good practices to overcome those challenges. All received briefs will be posted on the UN Working Group’s gender project WEBPAGE

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
•Surya Deva, Vice-chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
•Irene Ekonga, Grants Manager and Program Coordinator, Uganda Women Lawyers Association
•Harpreet Kaur, UNDP - Asia Pacific
•Michelle Lau-Burke, Manager, Business & Human Rights, The B Team
•Winfred O. Lichuma, Advocate and Gender Specialist, EBS
•Hassan Maalim, CEO, Zonal Services
•Susan Mathew, Human Rights Officer, Right to Development Division, OHCHR
•Irit Tamir, Director of Oxfam America's Private Sector Department, OXFAM
•David Wofford, Vice President, Meridian Group
•Gunhild Ørstavik, Advisor, FOKUS Forum for Women and Development

Speakers
•Joanna Bourke-Martignoni, Senior Research Fellow, Graduate Institute
•Andrea Giannetto, President, IDA Initiative for the Development of Africa
•Anna Gollub, Policy Analyst, UN WOMEN
•Matti Kohonen, Christian-Aid
•Virginia Munyua, Regional Project Manager, Decent Work for Women Programme, Hivos
•Cynthia Trigo Paz, Human Rights Senior Advisor, TOTAL
•Juliana Ramalho, Partner, Mattos Filho
•Callie Strickland, Programme Associate, Gender Equality, B Team
•Ioana Tuta, Advisor, The Danish Institute for Human Rights
•Teresa Vernaglia, CEO, BRK Ambiental

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