Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Linked with our presentations of the legual framework of op-icescr;

of Amnesty International and the op-icescr;

of the long article on CETIM;

and of more on op-icescr;

also of The justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights;

and of op-icescr – situation on April 2006.

ESCR-Net is actively working to facilitate information-sharing and collective work on issues related to women and economic, social and cultural rights. Women of all ages experience gender inequality within and outside the home. Women are denied access to basic health care, housing, education, and work.

Even when they are employed, women in industrialized countries receive only 60-75% of the wages of men employed in similar positions. In other countries, lack of inheritance or land rights undermines economic security for women. In today’s global economy, gender inequality remains a significant issue as evidenced by the increasing poverty of women and the re-emergence of sweatshops and other forms of economic exploitation. Some trends, such as increased economic migration, tend to have mixed and complex results for women. Other trends, such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, often disproportionately impact women, due to related inequalities present in many communities. Finally, trends, such as ongoing gender-based violence, are worsened by women’s lack of economic, social, and cultural rights, including lack of access to housing or land, unequal and inadequate wages, and historical patterns that exclude personal relationships from government protection of human rights. As a result of this situation, there is a pressing need to improve understanding, recognition and implementation of women’s economic, social and cultural rights in community, national, and international contexts. (Read the rest of this long article on ESCR-Net).

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