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Tuesday, December 1 • 15:30 - 17:00
Gender* dimensions of business impacts

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Women[1] and girls, whether as employees, community members, local leaders, or human rights defenders, face higher risks and are disproportionately affected by adverse business activities and operations. They experience violence and discrimination because of harmful social norms, gender stereotypes, inequalities, and patriarchy; and face additional barriers in seeking access to effective remedies. In many instances business and corporations may reproduce and perpetuate gender inequality and discriminatory social norms.

The risks and impact of business related human rights abuses on women and girls are aggravated when gender intersects with other identities such as sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, indigenous status, language, class, age, disability, and living in rural area.

Women and girls living in the Pacific are particularly at risk due to weak governance structures, lack of gender-sensitive human rights due diligence, corruption, entrenched gender inequalities and endemic gender-based violence. The gender differentiated impact of business-related human rights abuses have not been adequately included in discourse and efforts are being undertaken to ensure Pacific women’s and girl’s experiences and voices are heard.

This session aims to:
  • highlight the challenges and impact of business activities and operations on Pacific women and girls
  • provide a platform for further dialogue on gender, business and human rights
  • raise sensitivity among all stakeholders about the need to adopt a gender perspective in implementing the UNGPs

[1] All reference to women and girls includes transwomen and queer people that identify as women and girls.

* The term “gender” refers to socially constructed roles of and power relations among men, women, and gender non-binary persons, all of whom may be affected differently by business activities.

Session organized by Roshika Deo.

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Roshika Deo

Feminist, Social Development/Inclusion Specialist

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Sidhant Maharaj

Community Working Group Lead - Australia and the Pacific, Royal Commonwealth Society
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Cressida Kuala

Founder and CEO, Founder of Porgera Red Wara (River) Women's Association (PNG)
I'm Cressida Kuala from Papua New Guine. I have been advocating for human rights of women rights and environmental degradation for 9 years now against the giant Canadian owned gold mining company Barrick. I am concerned about lives/livelihoods and the environment.People should talk... Read More →
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Tiantaake Mariana

President, Kiribati Women in Maritime Association
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Najat Maalla M’jid

Special Representative, UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Dr. M'jid, a medical doctor in paediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights.  She was Head of the Paediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca.  Dr. M'jid is a member... Read More →
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Chantelle Khan

Coordinator, Social Empowerment and Education Program (SEEP)

Tuesday December 1, 2020 15:30 - 17:00 +12
Britannia room 1 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji